France (1351) ecu d'or Fr-276
This specimen was lot 20145 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $2,280. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Ecu d'Or, ND (1351). Jean II (Jean Le Bon) (1350-64). PCGS AU-50. From the third emission (.833 fine gold) of July-September 1351. Decent strike with only a few weak spots near the edge. A light veneer of tone, soft satin luster and good eye appeal." Duplessy notes that this type had a face value of 25 sols tournois. Five emissions occurred in 1351, all with the same weight but progressively lower purity. The first emission of March 1351 was of .875 fine gold. The second emission of June was .854 fine; the third emission of July-September, shown here, was .833 fine gold; the fourth emission of September was .750 fine gold. This did not endear the king to the merchant class.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: .833 fine gold, 4.53 g.
Catalog reference: Fr-276; Dup-289B (3rd emission); Ciani-348.
- 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.
- 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.