France 1615-B ecu d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1164
This specimen was lot 1164 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €800 (about US$1,060 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1615B, Rouen. 1er type. D/ Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. La légende débutant à 6h. R/ Croix anillée et fleurdelisée, avec B en coeur. presque Superbe. Provient de notre vente 54, 13 juin 1998, 793. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, gold shield of the sunburst of 1615, Rouen mint, first type. Obverse: crowned arms of France under a sunburst, obverse legend begins at 6 o'clock; reverse: voided floriate cross with mintmark at center. about Extremely Fine.)"
This type was struck 1611-44 and was the standard gold coin of France prior to the introduction of the milled louis d'or in 1641. Gadoury notes this mint as slightly scarce.

Recorded mintage: 119,800.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, plain edge, this specimen 3,35 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 1c, Dr/2 no. 1c, Dupl. 1282 A, Fr-398, Gad-55, KM 51.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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