France 1564-K ecu d'or
This specimen was lot 3392 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "France. Ecu d'or, 1564-K. Charles IX, 1560-1574. NGC graded AU-58." 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: 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.