France 1567-T ecu d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 691
This specimen was lot 691 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €480 (about US$639 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Charles IX (1560-1574), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1567T, Nantes. D/ Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. R/ Croix fleurdelisée. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Charles IX, 1560-74, gold écu of the sunburst of 1567, Nantes mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France, under a sunburst; reverse: floriate cross. Very Fine - Extremely 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 3,36 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-378; Dupl-1057; 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.
  • 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 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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