Bar (1431-53) 1/2 gros

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1696
This specimen was lot 1696 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 160 CHF (about US$192 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Bar, Herzogtum, René I. von Anjou, 1419-1480. 1/2 Groschen o. J. (1431-1453), Saint-Mihiel. Gutes sehr schön. (duchy of Bar, René I of Anjou, 1419-80, undated half gros, St. Mihiel mint. Good very fine.)"
The native dynasty of the duchy of Bar fell extinct in 1430 and title passed to René of Anjou. He and his wife inherited Lorraine in 1431 and in 1506 the two duchies were declared inseparable. The king of France left the province alone until the mid-seventeenth century, when Richelieu desired to add it to the kingdom. Interference and occupation were frequent until both Lorraine and Bar passed to France in 1766. This type was accompanied by a gros.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 1.37 g.

Catalog reference: Flon 488,11.


  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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