France (1328) royal d'or Fr-271

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20143
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This specimen was lot 20143 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $4,320. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Royal d'Or, ND (1328). Philip VI de Valois (1328-50). NGC MS-63. Boldly struck on a good planchet with powerful luster. All of the minute detail is clearly defined, full legends on both sides and a superior example of this issue." Duplessy notes that this type had a face value of 25 sols tournois. Other gold coins listed for Philip VI include parisis d'or (25 sols), lion d'or (25 sols), pavillion d'or (25 sols), chaise d'or (16 to 20 sols), écu d'or (20 sols), ange d'or (75 sols) and couronne d'or (40 sols). Only the écu d'or is reasonably common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.000 fine gold, 4.21 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-271; Dup-247; Ciani-269; Laf-251.


  • 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, 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.

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