France (1541)-D ecu d'or

From CoinFactsWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1149
France 1541D ecu dor rev JElsen 121-1149.jpg
Heritage sale 3082, lot 33709
France H3082-33709r.jpg
The first specimen was lot 1149 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €330 (about US$529 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, François Ier (1515-1547), AV écu d'or à la croisette, mars 1541, Lyon. 1er type. Droit: Ecu de France couronné. En dessous, D. Revers: Croix pleine dans un polylobe feuillu. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Francis I (1515-47), gold écu of the cross, March 1541, Lyon mint, first type. Obverse: crowned arms of France, "D" below; reverse: plain cross within a leafed polylobe. Fine to very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 33709 in Heritage sale 3082 (New York, January 2020), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "France: François I gold Ecu d'or á la croisette ND (1515-1547)-D MS63 NGC, Lyon mint. Well-struck for this scarcer issue, with every detail well-rendered and expressed with admirable clarity." Friedberg also mentions a demi-écu d'or à la croisette. This coin had a face value of 45 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.43 g, .958 fine gold, the first specimen 3,27 g, the second specimen 24 mm, 3.41 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 889; Ci., 1091; Laf., 749; Fr-351.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2014.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Sam Spiegel, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Online Auction 3082, featuring the Caranett Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

Link to: