France 1643-H double tournois

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 699
This specimen was lot 699 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), Cu double tournois, 1643H, La Rochelle. A la vieille tête de Warin. D/ T. l. à g. R/ Trois lis dans le champ. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, copper double tournois of 1643, La Rochelle mint, with the old head by Warin. Obverse: laureate head to left; reverse: three lilies in the field. Very Fine.)"
This type is a double tournois of Louis XIII (r. 1610-43) struck at the La Rochelle mint in 1642-43. These coins were produced by private contractors in large quantities at a profusion of mints and in many varieties until the 1640's. The issues of Henry IV were reasonable compared to those of the regency of Louis XIII, when the queen-mother sold production contracts to many of her supporters. The face value was two deniers. This specimen was probably milled, not hammered.

Recorded mintage: 6,656,603, a common date.

Specification: copper, 3.13 g, 19-20 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 2,52 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 220, Dupl-1377; Gad-12, KM 127.6.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • 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 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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