France 1583-B ecu d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 127, lot 1333
This specimen was lot 1333 in Jean Elsen sale 127 (Brussels, December 2015), where it sold for €200 (about US$257 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri III (1574-1589), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1583B, Rouen. D/ Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. La légende débutant en bas. R/ Croix fleurdelisée, un quadrilobe en coeur. Trou rebouché. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry III, 1574-89, gold écu d'or of the sunburst of 1583, Rouen mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France below a sunburst; reverse: floriate cross with quadrilobe at center. Plugged, 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 3,27 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-386, Dupl. 1121A; Ci. 1408; Laf. 960.

Source:

  • [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 127, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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