France (1461-74)-Rouen ecu d'or Fr-312

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20168
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This specimen was lot 20168 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,320. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu d'Or a La Couronne, ND (1st emission, 31 December 1461). Louis XI (1461-83). NGC MS-62. Double diamond stops used in both obverse and reverse legends. Complete full legends with none of the letters off the flan. Nice strike with plenty of details despite slight doubling which is most evident in the obverse legend at 3 o'clock to about 6 o'clock with some ghosting present on the reverse. Overall a lovely example with light attractive tone over soft satiny surfaces." We spy a dot on the obverse legend directly below the shield which, by careful counting, marked the fifteenth letter of the legend, i.e., the Rouen 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, this specimen 3.35 gms.

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.
  • [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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