France (1541)-K ecu d'or

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30742
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This specimen was lot 30742 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $900. The catalog description[1] noted, "François I gold Ecu d'or á la croisette (1515-1547)-K AU55 NGC, Bordeaux mint. Note the small cross at the center of the reverse. Minimal wear for the issue, and a premium example of this scarcer offering." THis type was struck in France after the reform of 1540 instituted letter mintmarks but before coinage was routinely dated. 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.

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

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]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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