France (1431-61)-Troyes 1/2 blanc

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 933
This specimen was lot 933 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
" FRANCE, Royaume, Charles VII (1422-1461), AR petit blanc au K, dit "des gens d'armes", décembre 1431, Troyes (rosette initiale). D/ Dans le champ, K oncial couronné, accosté de deux lis. R/ Croix pattée. Rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Charles VII, 1422-61, silver small blank, emission of December 1431, Troyes mint. Obverse: in the field, crowned uncial "K" between two fleurs-de-lys; reverse: cross pattée. Rare, very fine.)"
This petit blanc au K was worth five deniers tournois, half the better known blanc au K (Dupl-474). This specimen's weight suggests that it may have been clipped, a common practice before the invention of edge reeding.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.91 g, .319 fine silver[2], this specimen 1,35 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 475; Ci. 683; Laf. 478.

Source:

  • [2]Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome I, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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