France (1541)-B ecu d'or
This specimen was lot 20175 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,560. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Ecu d'Or, ND (1541). Rouen Mint. Francis I. NGC MS-62. "écu d'or à la croisette, premiere type" struck for François I at Rouen ("B" mintmark, one of the first coins issued after the mintmark reform). Sharply struck on a round flan with only a few tiny weak spots. Distinctly superior to the écu d'or à la croisette we sold at the ANA (August 2017, lot 20236). Full legends on both sides, soft satin luster and good eye appeal." Friedberg also mentions a demi-écu d'or à la croisette. This coin had a face value of 45 sols tournois.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.43 g, .958 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-351; Dupl-889; Ciani-1091; Laf., 749.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.