France 1616-A ecu d'or

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1109
This specimen was lot 1109 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 1400 CHF (about $1,723 with buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XIII. 1610-1643. Ecu d´or au soleil 1616, Paris. Gekröntes Wappen. Rv. Blumenkreuz, in der Mitte Mzz. A. Fast vorzüglich. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu d'or au soleil of 1616, Paris mint. Obverse: crowned arms; reverse: floriate cross, mintmark "A," good 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: unknown.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, plain edge; this specimen is 3,37 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 1, Dr/2 no. 1, Dupl. 1282 A, Fr-398, Gad-55, KM 41.1.


  • 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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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