Tournai (1483) ecu d'or Fr-382

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 878
This specimen was lot 878 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €1,700 (about US$2,496 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TOURNAI, atelier royal français, Charles VIII (1483-1498), AV écu d'or au soleil, 1e émission (septembre 1483), point 16e. Couronnelles initiales. D/ Ecu de France couronné sous un soleil. R/ Croix fleurdelisée portant un quadrilobe en coeur. Très rare. Très Beau. (lordship of Tournai, French royal mint, Charles VIII, 1483-98, gold écu of the sunburst, first emission (September 1483), 16th point, initial crown. Obverse: crowned arms of France beneath a sunburst; reverse: floriate cross with a quadrilobe at the center. Very rare, very fine.)"
This écu d'or au soleil 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-318), being marked as Tournai by the dot under the 16th letter of the legend. Duplessy notes that it had a face value of 36 sols, 3 deniers tournois.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.49 g, .963 fine gold, this specimen 3,42 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-575; Laf. 554; Hoc 200 (one example reported); Delm. -; Fr-382 (listed under Belgium).


  • 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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