France (1418) 1/2 heaume d'or Fr-296

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20160
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This specimen was lot 20160 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Heaume d'Or, ND(ca.1418). La Rochelle Mint. Charles VI (1380-1422). NGC EF-45. This very rare type was struck at Poitiers and La Rochelle (shown here). The confused politics of the time prevent us from saying whether it was issued by the dauphin, the Burgundians or the English. This specimen is slightly out of round and a little wavy but the helmeted arms ("heaume" = helmet) are bold. Our first offering of this type. Nicely struck, attractive and sure to please the new owner." The heaume d'or and the demi-heaume d'or were worth 40 and 20 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.54 g, .961 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-296; Dupl-374A.


  • 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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