France 1643-AR 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 143, lot 1649
This specimen was lot 1649 in Jean Elsen sale 143 (Brussels, December 2019), where it sold for €80 (about US$105 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), AR quart d'écu, 1643AR, Arras. D/ Ecu de France couronné, entre II-II. R/ Croix fleurdelisée. Rare Double frappe au droit. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, silver quarter écu of 1643, Arras mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France divide the value; reverse: floriate cross. Rare, double struck on the obverse. Fine - Very Fine.)"
This quarter écu was struck by the hammer at the Arras mint in the first year of the reign of Louis XIV. It had a face value of 21 sols tournois. Hammered quarter écus of Louis XIII are known for 1643 but not from Arras. Starting in 1640 and extending into the early years of Louis XIV, mints were converting to milled coinage similar to this quarter écu from Paris, worth 15 sols tournois. The Arras mint, taken from the Spanish, was operated by the French 1643-56.

Recorded mintage: est. 86,411, a better date.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, 26-31 mm diameter, this specimen 9,55 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1332B; Dr/4 no. 429, Dr/2 no. 282, Gad-28.


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