Dombes 1641 ecu d'or Fr-129

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 24706
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Dombes in 1789, from Shepherd's Atlas

This specimen was lot 24706 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $7,475. The catalog description[1] noted, "Dombes. Gaston d'Orleans gold Ecu d'Or 1641, MS61 NGC, nicely struck with full mint brilliance, rare provincial type featuring the crowned arms of Orleans on the obverse and a cross of fleurs du lis on the reverse. From The Pikes Peak Collection." Gaston, duc d'Orleans, was the younger brother of king Louis XIII. He was a lifelong troublemaker but so long as the king was unable to produce an heir, his life was safe, no matter how many treasonable conspiracies he was involved in. The Dombes region lies south of Franche Comte and west of Savoy and was a fief of the Montpensier family, whose heiress Gaston married in 1626. He struck coins for the region until his death in 1650 and the area reverted to the French crown on the death of his daughter in 1693. The SCWC lists this type for 1639-41.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, plain edge.

Catalog reference: Fr-129.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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