France (1540) ecu d'or Fr-350a

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Sincona sale 46, lot 327
This specimen was lot 327 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 1,100 CHF (about US$1,320 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, François I. 1515-1547. Ecu dor aux salamandres o. J. (24.4-10.11.1540), La Rochelle. Sehr selten. Schön. (kingdom of France, Francis I, 1515-47, undated écu d'or of the salamanders, emission of April-November 1540, La Rochelle mint. Very rare, Fine.)"
This rare and obscure type was also struck at Toulouse (Dupl-884).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.44 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3.30 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 885. Fr-350a.


  • 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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