France 1564-I ecu d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1106
This specimen was lot 1106 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €500 (about US$663 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Charles IX (1560-1574), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1564I, Limoges. D/ Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. R/ Croix fleurdelisée, avec H en coeur. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Charles IX, 1560-74, gold shield of the sunburst of 1564, Limoges mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France below a sunburst; reverse: floriate cross, "H" in center. Very Fine - Extremely 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 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, this specimen 3,35 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-378, Dupl-1057; Ci. 1343; Laf. 890.


  • 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, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2019.

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