France Henri III Quart d'Ecu Croix de Face 1580

Denomination: Silver quart d'ecu 

Period: House of Valois-Angouleme

Date: 1580

Origin: Uncertain French mint

Condition: VF+ bold strike

Obverse: Cross fleuree, legend +HENRICVS III D G FRANC ET POL REX

Reverse: Crowned coat of arms, legend around SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTVM

Size and Weight: 9.57g, 29mm

References: Duplessy 1133

Features and Provenance: Born in 1515 to Catherine de' Medici and Henri II of France, little Henri did not expect to have to rule being fourth in line to the throne. Almost by way of dividing up the royal roles, he was made king of Poland when his father died. However, when his brother died without issue, he abandoned Poland for France. The 'Wars of Religion' marred his reign with violent factions such as: the Catholic League, the Huguenots and the Malcontents, tearing the country apart. A staunch Protestant himself, he was murdered by Jacques Clement, a Catholic fanatic, in 1589. His successor converted to Catholicism to try to keep the peace!    



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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