France (1355) mouton d'or Fr-280

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20148
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This specimen was lot 20148 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $3,840. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Mouton d'Or, ND (1355). Jean II (Jean Le Bon) (1350-64). NGC MS-62. This 'golden sheep' was worth 25 sols tournois and was accompanied by a half mouton d'or. Well struck with nearly full rims on a round planchet. A premium specimen with full crisp legends on both sides, soft satin luster and excellent eye appeal." Duplessy notes that this type had a face value of 25 sols tournois. The half mouton d'or or moutonnet is so rare that Duplessy shows no picture of it.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.000 fine gold, 4.70 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-280; Dupl-291; Ciani-354.

Source:

  • 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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