France 1564-H ecu d'or
This specimen was lot 72173 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $1,057.50. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Ecu d'Or, 1564-H. Charles IX (1560-74). NGC MS-63. La Rochelle mint. Full legends with soft satin luster. An attractive example." 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 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, plain edge.
Catalog reference: Ciani-1343, Dupl-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.
- Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.