Dombes 1578 ecu d'or Fr-122

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1498
Dombes 1578 demi ecu dor rev JElsen 112-1498.jpg
Sincona sale 46, lot 448
Dombes in 1789
The first specimen was lot 817 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it sold for € 3,200 (about US$5,000 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, DOMBES, Principauté, Louis II de Bourbon-Montpensier (1560-1582), AV demi-pistole (écu d'or), 1578, Trévoux. Droit : Ecu de Bourbon couronné. MONTISP en fin de légende. Revers : Croix fleuronnée. Rare. Superbe." (Principality of Dombes, Louis II de Bourbon-Montpensier (1560-1582), gold half pistole or écu d'or, of 1578, Trévoux mint. Obverse: crowned arms of Bourbon, "MONTISP" at end of legend; reverse: cross with fleurs-de-lys at the ends; rare, extremely fine.)
The second specimen was lot 448 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 650 CHF (about US$780 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Louis II. de Bourbon-Montpensier, 1560-1582. Ecu dor (1/2 Pistole) 1578, Trévoux. Sehr schön. Kratzer und Randfehler. (France, county of Dombes, Louis II de Bourbon-Montpensier, 1560-82, gold écu or half pistole of 1578, Trevoux mint. Very fine, Scratches and edge nicks.)"
The Dombes region lies south of Franch Comte and west of Savoy and was a fief of the Montpensier family.

Reported Mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 3.36 g, .952 fine gold, .103 troy oz AGW, the first specimen 3,26 g, the second specimen 5.95 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 2926, Divo, Dombes, 28 var; P.A., 5109 var; Fr-122.


  • 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 112, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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