France 1617-B ecu d'or

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Stack's Bowers November 2015, lot 30245
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This specimen was lot 30245 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu d'Or, 1617-B. Rouen. Louis XIII (1610-43). NGC MS-62. Finest graded. Slightly off-center obverse with a good strike and clear reverse mint-mark. Lots of luster from original surfaces." 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.

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


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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