France (1515-47) ecu d'or Fr-363

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Sincona sale 46, lot 324
This specimen was lot 324 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 450 CHF (about US$540 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, François I. 1515-1547. Ecu dor au soleil de Bretagne o. J. (1. Typ), Rennes. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Francis I, 1515-47, undated écu d'or of the sunburst of Brittany, first type, Rennes mint. Very fine.)"
Duplessy notes a second type (Dupl-790) where a crowned "F" replaces one of the crowned ermines. Both had a face value of 40 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.44 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3.41 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 789. Fr-363.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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