France (1494)-P ecu d'or Fr-318

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 727
This specimen was lot 727 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €600 (about US$760 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Charles VIII (1483-1498), AV écu d'or au soleil, 2e émission (juillet 1494), Type spécial à Perpignan. D/ (rose initiale) CAROLVS FRANCO-RVM DEI GRACI RX Ecu de France couronné sous un soleil. Couronnelle à l'exergue, coupant la légende. R/ (lis initial) SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTVM REX Croix fleurdelisée avec lettre P en coeur. Rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Charles VIII (1483-98), gold écu d'or au soleil, second issue (July 1494), special type of Perpignan. Obverse: crowned arms below sunburst; reverse: floriate cross with "P" in the center. Rare, very fine.)"
This écu d'or au soleil was issued for Charles VIII from numerous mints. Most of the mints placed a quadrilobe at the center of the cross but Perpignan used a "P". Two types exist; the first emission lacked the "REX" at the end of the reverse legend. Duplessy notes that the face value was 36 sols, 3 deniers tournois. In 1540, the use of letters as mintmarks was regularized and Perpignan was assigned the "Q", which letter was used until the 1830's.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.49 g, .963 fine gold, this specimen 3,32 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 577A; Ci. 798; Laf. 554g, Fr-318.

Source:

  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.
  • 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.

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