France (1461) gros

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Sincona sale 46, lot 1609
This specimen was lot 1609 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 180 CHF (about US$216 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XI. 1461-1483. Gros de Roi o. J. (26.5.1447), Paris. Sehr schön. Knapper Schrötling und etwas gewellt. (kingdom of France, Louis XI, 1461-83, undated gros of the king, emission of May 1447, Paris mint. Very fine, Small flan and slightly bent.)"
Despite the date given in the catalog description, this type (along with a rare demi-gros) was not issued until 31 December 1461. It had a face value of 33 deniers tournois. It is marked as a product of the Paris mint by the dot under the 18th letter of the legend (A in FRANCORVM).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.547 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 2.98 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 548. Ciani 752.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome I, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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