Tournai (1450) ecu d'or Fr-378

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 872
This specimen was lot 872 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €800 (about US$1,174 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TOURNAI, atelier royal français, Charles VII (1422-1461), AV écu d'or à la couronne (écu neuf), 6e émission (mai 1450), point 16e. Couronnelles initiales flanquées d'un losange. D/ Ecu de France couronné, accosté de deux lis couronnés. R/ Croix feuillue dans un quadrilobe, cantonnée de quatre couronnelles. Extrêmement rare. Très Beau. Provient du trésor de Bazas, Angoulême, 29 octobre 2005, 59. (lordship of Tournai, French royal mint, Charles VI, 1380-1422, gold écu of the crown, sixth emission (May 1450), 16th point, initial crown flanked by a lozenge. Obverse: crowned arms of France divide two crowned fleur-de-lys; reverse: leafed cross in a quadrilobe cantonned with four crowns. Very rare, 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-307), being marked as Tournai by the dot under the 16th letter of the legend. Duplessy notes that it had a face value of 27 sols, 6 deniers tournois.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.47 g, .963 fine gold, this specimen 3,38 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-511E var.; Laf. 510f; Hoc 165 var.; Delm. 433 var; Fr-378 (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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