France 1634-B ecu d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 908
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This specimen was lot 908 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €820 (about US$1,022 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1634 B, Rouen. Droit: Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. La légende débutant à 6h. Revers: Croix annillée et fleurdelisée. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII (1610-43), gold ecu d'or of the sun of 1634, Rouen mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France under a sun. The legend begins at six o'clock; reverse: floriate, voided cross. Extremely 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.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.375 g, .958 fine gold, this specimen 3,35 g.

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


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  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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