France (1421)-St.-Quentin double tournois

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 720
This specimen was lot 720 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €80 (about US$101 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Charles VI (1380-1422), billon double tournois dit "niquet", août 1421, Saint-Quentin (point 16e/17e). D/ Grand lis couronné. R/ Croix pattée. Rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Charles VI (1380-1422), billon double tournois called niquet, August 1421, St.-Quentin mint. Obverse: Large crowned fleur-de-lys; reverse: Maltese cross. Rare, very fine.)"
This billon double tournois was accompanied by its half, the denier tournois (Dupl-402). In the late sixteenth century, this denomination was converted to copper and minted in large quantities. The dot at 11 o'clock on the reverse is the mintmark for St. Quentin. In 1540, these "secret marks" were abandoned for letters (A = Paris, etc.).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.17 g, .119 fine silver, this specimen 1,74 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 401; Ci. 558; Laf. 417 var.

Source:

  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome I, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.

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