¼ Ecu - Henry III

Features

Issuer Kingdom of Navarre (France) (French States)
King Henry III (1572-1610)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1585-1589
Value ¼ Ecu = 15 Sols = ¾ Livre
Currency Livre
Composition Silver
Weight 9.42 g
Diameter 30 mm
Thickness 1.9 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number
N#
56738
References PA# 3496,
Faustin Poey d'Avant; 1858. Monnaies féodales de France / Tome 1. Anjou, Auvergne, Berri, Bourbonnais, Bretagne, France, Limousin, Maine, Nivernais, Normandie, Perche, Touraine, Velay. Rollin et Feuardent, Paris, France.
And 2 more volumes.
Dy féodales# 1402
Jean Duplessy; 2004. Les monnaies françaises féodales / Tome 1. Maison Platt, Paris, France.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

Cross fleurdelisée.

Script: Latin

Lettering: ⚜️ HENRICVS. II. D. G. REX. NAVARRE.

Translation: Henry II, by the grace of god, king of Navarre.

Reverse

Crowned shield of Navarre and Bourbon.

Script: Latin

Lettering: GRATIA. DEI. SVM. ID. Q. SVM. 1588.

Translation: Thanks god, I am what I am.

Edge

Smooth.

Mint

Saint-Palais, France

Comments

The 1/4 Ecu of Navarre is directly inspired by the 1/4 Ecu of the kingdom of France (see link). The coinage is made following the order of September 28, 1577 with a theoretical weight of 9.712 g. (1/25 1/5 marc), a fineness of 917 thousandths (11 deniers 11 grains A. R.) and a value of 15 Sols Tournois.

In Saint-Palais, minting began in 1584 and ended in 1589. From that year, Henry of Navarre became Henry IV and the royal type replaced the feudal type.

Although having the title of III of Navarre, Henri continued on the currencies of this province the figure II which is that of Béarn.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1585 
1586 
1587 
1588 
1589 

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