Chateau-Renaud (1605-14) florin d'or Fr-114
This specimen was lot 20184 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,200. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Chateau Renaud. Florin, ND. Francis (1605-14). NGC EF Details--Surface Hairlines. A 'florin d'or" issued in Lorraine (then part of the Empire) for François de Bourbon, Prince of Conti (1558-1614). A RARE type likely undervalued in Friedberg. Although some hairlines are present, we note most of the heavy lines as die scratches. Several edge flaws and weak spots. Nice portrait and a quite reasonable example of this difficult type." The SCWC divides this into KM 17 (with crosses of Lorraine on reverse), 18 (w/o crosses), 19 (legend begins at lower left), 20 (this one), all in Friedberg as Fr-114. A florin d'or was supposed to equal a ducat but this one is probably lighter. Chateau-Renaud was an estate of the house of Conde, one of the leaders of the Catholic League during the Wars of Religion, until the last heiress, Louise-Marguerite de Lorraine, ceded it to Louis XIII in 1629.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Fr-114.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- 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.