France 1645-F 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1236
This specimen was lot 1236 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €320 (about US$423 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu, 1645F, Angers. 1er type. D/ Croix fleurdelisée. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre II-II. Belle patine. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu of 1645, Angers mint, first type. Obverse: floriate cross; reverse: crowned arms of France divide "II-II". Nice toning, extremely fine.)"
This is among the last hammered coins struck in France. After production of the franc d'argent was suspended in 1586, this was the largest silver coin regularly struck in France prior to the introduction of milled coinage in the 1640's. Under Henry III, it had a face value of fifteen sols tournois, by 1645, its value had risen to 21 sols tournois. An error "LVDOVICVS XIII" exists for this date.

Recorded mintage: 43,293, a common date.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 9,69 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 428, Dupl. 1451; Gad-136.


  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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