France (1540)-M ecu d'or Fr-338

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Sincona sale 46, lot 326
This specimen was lot 326 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 575 CHF (about US$690 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, François I. 1515-1547. Ecu dor au soleil o. J. (14.1.1540), Toulouse. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Francis I, 1515-47, undated écu d'or of the sunburst, emission of January 1540, Toulouse mint. Very fine.)"
This type, struck at Toulouse, bears the "M" mintmark which would be used at that mint until it closed in the 19th century.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.44 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3.36 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 882. Fr-338.

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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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