France 1587-B ecu d'or

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20181
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This specimen was lot 20181 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $2,280. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu d'Or, 1587-B. Henry III (1574-89). NGC MS-63. Good strike on a nice round flan with full legends on both sides including a bold 4 digit date. Soft satin luster and quite good eye appeal." This coin is called the écu d'or au soleil in Duplessy[2] with a face value of sixty sols tournois and is noted with many variations in obverse and reverse legends. On this one, the obverse legend starts at the bottom by the mintmark.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3.39 gms.

Catalog reference: Fr-386; Dupl-1121.


  • [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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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