France (1521-27) ecu d'or Fr-355

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Jean Elsen sale 122, lot 855
France c1521 ecu dor rev JElsen 122-855.jpg
Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 937, probably the same specimen
southeast France at the end of the Hundred Years War
The first specimen was lot 855 in Jean Elsen sale 122 (Brussels, September 2014), where it sold for €600 (about US$919 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, François Ier (1515-1547), AV écu d'or au soleil du Dauphiné, s.d. (1521-1527), Grenoble. 2e type. Droit: Champ écartelé de France-Dauphiné sous un soleil. Différent: rosette et E en fin de légende (Etienne Nachon). Revers: Croix fleurdelisée cantonnée de deux F couronnés. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Francis I (1515-47), gold écu d'or au soleil du Dauphiné without date (1521-27), Grenoble mint, second type. Obverse: quartered fields with dolphins and fleur-de-lys beneath a sun; privy mark: rose and "E" at end of legend; reverse: floriate cross with two crowned "F's" in the fields; very fine to extremely fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 937 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €900 (about US$1,252 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, François Ier (1515-1547), AV écu d'or au soleil du Dauphiné, s.d. (1515-1517), Grenoble (rosette finale). 2e type. D/ Champ écartelé de France-Dauphiné sous un soleil. Différent: A en fin de légende (Antoine Vagnon). R/ Croix fleurdelisée cantonnée de deux F couronnés. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Francis I, 1515-47, undated gold shield of the sunburst of Dauphiny, Grenoble mint, second type. Obverse: field quartered with dolphins and fleurs-de-lys, "A" privy mark; reverse: floriate cross cantonned with two crowned "F's". Very fine to extremely fine.)"
Friedberg mentions nine different écus d'or au Dauphiné of which this is the second. This type was issued prior to the implementation of letter mintmarks in 1540 but Grenoble would reserve the right to issue distinctive coinage into the reign of Louis XIV.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.42 g, .953 fine gold, this specimen 3,38 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-783; Ci., 1083; Laf., 646; Fr-355.

Source:

  • 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]Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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