France (1455) gros

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72169
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This specimen was lot 72169 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Gros de Roi, ND. Montpellier Mint. Charles VII (1422-61). NGC AU-58. Good strike with full legends on both sides. Attractive toning with strong underlying luster." 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 coin should have a dot under the fourth letter of the obverse legend, thereby noting it as being produced by the Montpellier mint (later mintmark "N"). Said dot is conspicuous on this gold écu d'or (Fr-308). This issue was part of the second emission of June 1455. Duplessy notes this coin had a face value of thirty denier tournois at the time of issue.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.547 g, .918 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Roberts-2921, Dupl-518A.


  • [1]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
  • 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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