France 1636-A ecu d'or

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from Jean Elsen sale 134, lot 1689
Shown is a écu d'or à la croix anillée (gold écu with the hollow cross) struck at the Paris 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[2] prices this as a common date. This specimen was lot 1689 in Jean Elsen sale 134 (Brussels, September 2017), where it sold for €1,250 (about US$1,765 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1636A, Paris. D/ Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. R/ Croix anillée et fleurdelisée. Rare. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, gold écu of the sunburst of 1636, Paris mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France below a sunburst; reverse: floriate cross. Rare, about extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 220,367[2], a common date.

Specification: 3.37 g, .958 fine gold, plain edge, this specimen 3,39 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1282; Gad-55, Dr/4 no. 1, Fr-398.


  • [2]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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 134, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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