France (1526-28)-Romans ecu d'or Fr-354

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1065
This specimen was lot 1065 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €440 (about US$583 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, François Ier (1515-1547), AV écu d'or au soleil du Dauphiné, s.d. (1526-1528), point 2e, Romans. 1er type. D/ Champ écartelé de France-Dauphiné, sous un soleil. R/ Croix fleurdelisée. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Francis I, 1515-47, undated gold shield of the sunburst of Dauphiné, Romans mint, first type. Obverse: quartered arms of France and Dauphiné beneath a sunburst; reverse: floriate cross. Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
Friedberg mentions nine different écus d'or au Dauphiné of which this is the first. It had a face value of 40 sols tornois. Very similar écus d'or au Dauphiné were also issued in Grenoble (Dupl-783) and Montélimar (Dupl-784). This type was issued prior to the implementation of letter mintmarks in 1540 but Grenoble would reserve the right to issue distinctive coinage into the reign of Louis XIV.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.439 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3,40 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-354, Dupl-782; Ci. 1082; Laf. 645.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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