France 1564-M ecu d'or

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Sincona sale 54, lot 341
This specimen was lot 341 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 425 CHF (about US$506 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, konigreich, Charles IX. 1560-1574. Ecu dor au soleil 1564 M, Toulouse. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Charles IX, 1560-74, gold écu of the sunburst of 1564, Toulouse mint. Good very fine.)"
This coin is called the écu d'or au soleil in Duplessy[2] with a face value of fifty sols tournois and is noted with many variations in obverse and reverse legends.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3.32 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1057, Fr-378.


  • [2]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, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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