France (1494) 1/2 ecu d'or Fr-319
This specimen was lot 20323 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu d'Or, ND, (2nd Emission, July 8th, 1494). Paris Mint. Charles VIII (1483-98). NGC AU-58. Star in obverse field at 3 and 5 o'clock in reverse field. Nice definition of the central devices, legend slightly off flan. Otherwise quite nice for the issue. Lightly toned and attractive." This demi-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 18 sols, 1½ deniers tournois. In 1540, the use of letters as mintmarks was regularized and Paris was assigned the "A", which letter was used until 1914.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.74 g, .963 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-319; Dupl-578a.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, 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.
- 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.