France (1423)-Nevers salut d'or Fr-301
This specimen was lot 20161 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $2,880. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Salut d'Or, ND. Henry VI (1422-53). NGC MS-62. Struck by the duke of Bedford for the boy king Henry VI, probably at the Nevers mint (* before XPC*). Fully struck with no weak spots or planchet flaws. Full sharp legends on both sides, fully lustrous and a lovely example." This coin was issued before the modern system of mintmarks was introduced by Francis I in 1540. Prior to that date, mints used various secret marks to identify and date their product. This undated coin shows a star at the top of the reverse and is thereby noted as being produced by the Nevers mint sometime around 1423. Northern France was occupied by the English 1422-36. Duplessy notes that the contemporary face value was 22 sols, 6 deniers tournois and lists thirteen mints.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.49 g, 1.000 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-301; Dup-443a; Ciani-598.
- 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.