France 1575-H ecu d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1403
This specimen was lot 1403 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it sold for €730 (about US$1,011 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Charles IX (1560-1574), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1575H, La Rochelle. Monnayage posthume sous le règne d'Henri III. Avec titulature autour de la croix. D/ Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. R/ Croix fleurdelisée. Rare Tranche irrégulière. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Charles IX, 1560-74, gold écu of the sunburst of 1575, La Rochelle mint. Posthumous strike in the name of Charles IX during the reign of Henry III, with title. Obverse: crowned arms of France below a sunburst; reverse: floriate cross. Rare, irregular edge, 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 posthumous issue was likely minted after Charles's death and before the arrival of his brother Henry from Poland.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3,36 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-378, Dupl. 1098A; Ci. -; Laf. 942.


  • [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 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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