Tournai (1389) ecu d'or Fr-376

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 863
This specimen was lot 863 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €600 (about US$881 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TOURNAI, atelier royal français, Charles VI (1380-1422), AV écu d'or à la couronne, 3e émission (septembre 1389), point 16e (plein). D/ Ecu de France couronné. R/ Croix fleurdelisée et feuillue, une étoile à six rayons au centre, dans un quadrilobe cantonné de quatre couronnes. Très Beau. Provient du trésor de Bazas, Angoulême, 29 octobre 2005, 9. (lordship of Tournai, French royal mint, Charles VI, 1380-1422, gold écu of the crown, third emission of September 1389, 16th point. Obverse: crowned arms of France; reverse: floriate and leafed cross, a star with six rays at the center, within a quadrilobe cantonned with four crowns. Very fine.)"
This écu d'or à la couronne was not minted by the duke of Burgundy, who was also count of Tournai, but by the king of France himself. It is identical to the products of the other French mints (Fr-291), being marked as Tournai by the dot under the 16th letter of the legend. Duplessy noted that it had a face value of 22 sols, 6 deniers tournois.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.99 g, 1.000 fine gold, this specimen 3,91 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-369B; Laf. 378a; Hoc 96; Delm. 432; Fr-376 (listed under Belgium).

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome I, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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