Avignon 1608 1/2 franc KM-9

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Künker sale 293, lot 2019
southeast France at the end of the Hundred Years War
This specimen was lot 2019 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €2,200 (about US$2,965 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN, KIRCHENSTAAT/VATIKAN, Paul V. 1605-1621. 1/2 Franco 1608, Avignon. Von großer Seltenheit. Sehr schön. Exemplar der Auktion Crédit de la Bourse, Paris 1994, Nr. 87. (Papal States, Paul V, 1605-21, half franc of 1608, Avignon mint. Very rare.)"
Berman lists this type struck in southern France for 1609 and 1617-18. The popes held Avignon and the county of Venaissin until the French Revolution, when it was forcibly annexed to France.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Muntoni 177 (unlisted date). KM 9, Ber-1630.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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