France 1632-B ecu d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1765
France 1632B ecu dor rev JElsen 117-1765.jpg
This specimen was lot 1765 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €500 (about US$788 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1632 B, Rouen. Droit: Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. La légende débutant à 6h. Revers: Croix annillée et fleurdelisée. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII (1610-43), gold ecu d'or of the sun of 1632, Rouen mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France under a sun. The legend begins at six o'clock; reverse: floriate, voided cross. Very fine.)"
Shown is a écu d'or au soleil (gold écu of the sun) struck at the Rouen mint in the last years before the switch to milled coinage in the 1640's. This type was struck at numerous mints 1611-43, i.e., Louis' entire reign. These coins were 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. Gadoury prices this as a common date.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, plain edge, this specimen 3.35 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1282A; Ci., 1593 var; Gad-55.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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