Avignon 1639 1/2 franc

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1847
southeast France at the end of the Hundred Years War
This specimen was lot 1847 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"KIRCHENSTAAT/VATIKAN Urban VIII. 1623-1644. 1/2 Franco 1637 oder 1639 (Jahreszahl nicht lesbar), Avignon. RR Sehr schön. (Papal States, Urban VIII, 1623-44, half franco of 1637 or 1639 (illegible last digit), Avignon mint. Rare, very fine.)"
The SCWC lists this scarce type for 1636-40. Avignon was a Papal enclave in the south of France and was annexed by the French during the Revolution. The French demi-franc of Louis XIII was 7.09 g, .833 fine silver, 27-29 mm diameter, so we presume this coin was struck to the same standard.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Muntoni 214/215. KM 57, Ber-1793.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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