France 1566-M ecu d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1108
This specimen was lot 1108 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €440 (about US$583 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Charles IX (1560-1574), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1566M, Toulouse. D/ Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. R/ Croix fleurdelisée. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Charles IX, 1560-74, gold shield of the sunburst of 1566, Toulouse mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France below a sunburst; reverse: floriate cross. 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. This type was the standard gold coin of France prior to the introduction of the milled louis d'or in 1641. The reverse legend, "CRISTVS·REGNAT·VINCIT·E·IMPERAT", was used only at the Toulouse mint. The date is in Roman numerals.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.375 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3,37 g.

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


  • [2]Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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