France (1364) franc Fr-285
This specimen was lot 20152 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $5,760. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Franc à Cheval, ND (3 September 1364). Charles V (1364-80). NGC MS-64. Single finest certified of the type at NGC. Popular type and RARE in this state of preservation. Struck with slightly miss-aligned dies. Good strike on a broad flan showing the entire intended design and full legends on the flan though parts of the obverse legend are slightly obscured from the miss-alignment. Lustrous with light attractive tone in the peripheries. A fantastic example with good eye appeal worthy of a premium bid." Duplessy notes that this type had a face value of 20 sols tournois. It was superseded later in the reign by the franc à pied (Fr-284), which showed the king on foot.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.000 fine gold, 3.88 g, this specimen 3.81 gms.
Catalog reference: Fr-285; Dupl-358; Ciani-455.
- 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.