France 1641-L 1/4 ecu

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23533
France 1641L quart ecu rev H3030-23533.jpg

This specimen was lot 23533 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIII 1/4 Ecu 1641-L, Bayonne mint, MS64 NGC. Handsomely toned in greenish-red iridescence, this piece retains remarkably preserved surfaces and an above-average strike for the type. This example is the finest and only example of this date/mint certified by NGC." This type was struck in France for the entire length of Louis XIII's reign from two dozen mints and is common in circulated condition but is very rare in the quality shown.

Recorded mintage: est. 31,072.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, 26-31 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 47.11, Gad-27 (R2), Dr/4 no. 105, Dr/2 no. 86.


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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