France (1461-74)-Angers ecu d'or Fr-312
This specimen was lot 20167 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $2,880. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Ecu d'Or a La Couronne, ND (1461). Angers Mint. Louis XI (1461-83). NGC MS-64. Angers mint (dot under 7th letter). Boldly struck on a broad, round planchet displaying full legends on both sides. A premium example with glowing luster and excellent eye appeal." We spy a dot on the obverse legend near the right crowned lys which, by careful counting, marked the seventh letter of the legend, i.e., the Angers mint. Duplessy notes that this issue had a face value of 27 sols, 6 deniers tournois. The second emission of 1474 (Dupl-539A) had the weight reduced to 3.40 g and the value raised to 30 sols, 6 deniers.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.44 g, .963 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-312; Dupl-539; Ciani-741.
- 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.