France 1562-D ecu d'or

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Sincona sale 46, lot 330
This specimen was lot 330 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 700 CHF (about US$840 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Charles IX. 1560-1574. Ecu dor 1562, Lyon. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Charles IX, 1560-74, écu d'or of 1562, Lyon mint. Good very fine.)"
This coin is called the écu d'or au soleil in Duplessy with a face value of fifty sols tournois and is noted with many variations in obverse and reverse legends. This specimen has a Roman numeral date. This type was the standard gold coin of France prior to the introduction of the milled louis d'or in 1641.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3.36 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1057. Fr-378.


  • 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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