France (1359) royal d'or Fr-278
The first specimen was lot 1716 in Goldberg sale 106 (Los Angeles, September 2018), where it sold for $2,700. The catalog description noted, "France. Royal d'or, ND. Jean II LE Bon, 1350-1364. 2nd issue from 15 April 1359. IOH'ES:DEI:GRA-FRANCORV:REX. Crowned king holding sceptre standing under Gothic canopy. Reverse: XXPC:VINCIT. Floriated cross. Very scarce in top grades. PCGS graded MS-63." The second specimen was lot 20369 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Royal d'Or, ND. Jean II Le Bon (1350-64). NGC MS-63. Second emission, from April, 1359. Highly lustrous and well struck with the king's central effigy remaining impressively bold and the surrounding legends showing near complete. VERY SCARCE quality for the type." Duplessy notes that this type had a face value of 25 sols tournois.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.54 g, 1.000 fine gold; the second specimen 3.50 gms.
Catalog reference: Dupl-393A, Fr-278; Ciani-359; L.296a.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 106: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.
- 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.