France (1438) 1/2 ecu d'or Fr-308
This demi-écu d'or à la couronne was issued before the modern system of mintmarks was introduced by Francis I in 1540. Prior to that date, French mints used various secret marks to identify and date their product. This otherwise undated and unmintmarked coin is part of the first emission of April 1438; the secret mark is not visible on this specimen, which is badly doubled on the reverse. Duplessy notes this coin had a face value of 12 sols and 6 deniers tournois at the time of issue.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.74 g, 1.000 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Dupl-513, Fr-308.
- 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.
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome I, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.