France 1632-C ecu d'or

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Sincona sale 46, lot 334
This specimen was lot 334 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 3,200 CHF (about US$3,840 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XIII. 1610-1643. Ecu dor 1632 C, Saint-Lô. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, écu d'or of 1632, Saint-Lô mint. Very rare, 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. Droulers lists this date without a price. The style of the cross on the reverse is different from the products of the other mints, leading Droulers to assign a separate catalog number to St. Lô.

Recorded mintage: est. 3,000.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, plain edge, this specimen 3.38 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1282A; Ci., 1593 var; Gad-55, Fr-398, Dr/4 no. 2, Dr/2 no. 3.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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