France (1296) masse d'or Fr-254

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20363
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This specimen was lot 20363 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Masse d'Or, ND (ca. 1296-1310). Philip IV the Fair (1285-1314). NGC MS-61. A RARE gold issue from early in the history of the unified Kingdom of France. Nicely struck with pleasant gold color throughout and full detail appearing in the central devices and peripheral legends. A small edge split appears at 3 o'clock, but no significant marks in the fields detract from the beauty. The finest graded at NGC and PCGS." Duplessy states that this denier d'or à la masse had a face value of 25 sols tournois. The first emission (shown here) was in January 1296, the second emission (punctuated by ":" in the obverse legend) occurred 1310-13.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.09 g, .916 fine gold, this specimen 7.09 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-254; Dupl-208; Ciani-196.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome I, 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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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