France (1527-28)-G ecu d'or Fr-342
This specimen was lot 30727 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description noted, "François I gold Écu d'or au soleil ND (1527-1528)-G AU58 NGC, Gênes mint, 3rd emission, A very rare issue produced for only two years at the Gênes mint and identified by a letter below the obverse arms rather than a 'point secret.' This example exhibits some light doubling on the reverse as well as what may be a small flan clip. Otherwise, the surfaces are lustrous and bear few signs of handling." The Geneva mint must have been a temporary occupation as it was not assigned a mintmark letter in the reform of 1540. The écu d'or was tariffed in France at 36 sols, 3 deniers tournois in 1515 and raised to 40 sols tournois in 1519. A demi-écu d'or also exists.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.43 g, .958 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-342, Dupl-771A.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.