France 1627-A ecu d'or

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Künker sale 294, lot 3027
This specimen was lot 3027 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,000 (about US$1,348 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, KÖNIGREICH, Louis XIII, 1610-1643. Ecu d'or au soleil 1627, A, Paris. GOLD. Attraktives Exemplar, vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, écu d'or au soleil of 1627, Paris mint. Attractive example, extremely fine.)"
Shown is a écu d'or au moulin (milled gold écu) struck at the Paris mint. It was struck 1624-27, then production reverted to the hammered type until 1640-43, when more were struck during the switch to milled coinage. This type was struck at numerous French mints 1611-43, i.e., Louis' entire reign. These coins were usually struck with the hammer and were supposed to be phased out with the introduction of milled coinage in 1640 but écus d'or are known dated as late as 1654.

Recorded mintage: 32,880.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 1M, Duplessy 1282; Fr-398; Gadoury 55.


  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 294: Goldprägungen | Deutsche Münzen ab 1871 | Russische Münzen und Medaillen, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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