France (1507-15) ecu d'or Fr-325
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XII (1498-1515), AV écu d'or au porc-épic, novembre 1507, point 9e, La Rochelle. Droit: Ecu de France couronné, soutenu par deux porcs-épics. Différent: A final entre deux annelets. Revers: Croix achée, cantonnée de deux L onciaux et de deux porcs-épics. Rare. presque Superbe (kingdom of France, Louis XII (1498-1515), gold écu of the porcupines, November 1507, ninth point, La Rochelle mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France, supported by two porcupines with "A" as mark of difference; reverse: floriate cross divides two "L's" and two porcupines. Rare, almost extremely fine.)"The second specimen was lot 733 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €560 (about US$709 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XII (1498-1515), AV écu d'or au porc-épic, novembre 1507, point 12e, Lyon. D/ Ecu de France couronné, soutenu par deux porcs-épics. R/ Croix achée, cantonnée de deux L onciales et de deux porcs-épics. Très Beau . (kingdom of France, Louis XII (1498-1515), gold écu d'or of the porcupines, November 1507, Lyon mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France, supported by two porcupines; reverse: cross with "L's" and porcupines in the quarters. Very fine.)"The third specimen was lot 20172 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $2,400. The catalog description noted,
"FRANCE. Ecu d'Or, ND (1507). Lyon Mint. Louis XII (1498-1515). NGC MS-62. "écu d'or au porc-épic" issued for Louis XII from the Lyon mint (dot under the 12th letter). Struck from rather crude dies with many letters recut. Full legends on both sides, lustrous and attractive."The fourth specimen was lot 30741 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,800. The catalog description noted, "Louis XII (1498-1515) gold Écu d'or au porc-épic ND AU58 NGC, Montpellier mint. + LVDOVICVS DЄI GRA FRA?CORVM RЄX, crowned coat-of-arms, with porcupine to left and right; pellet beneath the 4th letter / + XPS VINCIT XPS REGNAT XPS IMPERAT, Cross fleurée, with L and porcupine alternating in angles. A highly impressive specimen, with little evidence of actual wear and a good deal of luster remaining. Highly attractive." 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 otherwise undated and unmintmarked coin is thereby noted as being produced by the La Rochelle mint (later mintmark "H") in 1507.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: gold, the first specimen 3.27 g; the second specimen 3,37 g.
Catalog reference: Dupl., 655; Ci., 909; Laf., 598; Fr-325.
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