France (1423)-Rouen salut d'or Fr-301

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from Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 2375
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This specimen was lot 2375 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Salut d'Or, ND (1423). Rouen Mint. Henry VI (1422-53). NGC MS-62. Well struck on straight flan giving full relief to devices and legends. mildly toned surfaces and satin like in appearance lightened by original luster throughout. With no signs of handling or contact marks. A very attractive 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 walking lion at the top of the obverse and is thereby noted as being produced by the Rouen mint (later mintmark "B") sometime around 1423. 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; Dupl-443a; Ciani-598.


  • 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, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome I, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.

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