France (1429)-Poitiers royal d'or Fr-303

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20163
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This specimen was lot 20163 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Royal d'Or, ND (1429). Poitiers Mint. Charles VII (1422-61). NGC AU-55. 1st emission (October 1429), Poitiers mint (dot under 8th letter). Mainly well struck though weak on the king's head. A handsome example without egregious flaws. Full legends on both sides, lustrous and attractive." Duplessy notes this coin had a face value of 25 sols tournois at the time of issue. Four emissions are recorded for this type:

  • 1st emission (shown here): 3.82 g, 1.000 fine gold;
  • 2nd emission (April 1431): same as above;
  • 3rd emission (September 1431): 3.49 g, 1.000 fine gold, value raised to 30 sols;
  • 4th emission (December 1431): 3.82 g, 1.000 fine gold, value restored to 25 sols.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.82 g, 1.000 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-303; Dupl-455; Ciani-624.


  • 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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