Dombes 1620 denier tournois

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1293
Dombes in 1789, from Shepherd's Atlas
This specimen was lot 1293 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, DOMBES, Principauté, Marie de Bourbon-Montpensier (1608-1626), denier tournois, 1620, Trévoux. Essai en argent. D/ B. à g. R/ Deux lis séparés par une brisure, au-dessus de la lettre M. Très rare. Très Beau à Superbe. (principality of Dombes, Mary of Bourbon-Montpensier (1608-1626), denier tournois of 1620, Trévoux, silver pattern. Obverse: bust to left; reverse: two fleurs-de-lys separated by a bar, M below. Very rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
The Dombes region lies south of Franche Comte and west of Savoy and was a fief of the Montpensier family, whose heiress Marie married Gaston, younger brother of Louis XIII, in 1626. The area reverted to the French crown on the death of their daughter in 1693. The SCWC does not list this type.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: copper, 1,09 g.

Catalog reference: B. 1076; P.A. 5171; Divo, Dombes, 160.


  • 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 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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