France (1498) douzain

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Jean Elsen sale 139, lot 863
This specimen was lot 863 in Jean Elsen sale 139 (Brussels, December 2018), where it sold for €95 (about US$127 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XII (1498-1515), billon grand blanc à la couronne (douzain), s.d., point 18e, Paris. D/ Ecu de France entre trois couronnelles, dans un trilobe. R/ Croix cantonnée de deux couronnelles et de deux lis, dans un quadrilobe. Fines griffes. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XII (1498-1515), undated billon douzain, point under 18th letter, Paris mint. Obverse: arms of France between three crowns in a trilobe; reverse: cross cantonned with two crowns and two lilies in a quadrilobe. Fine scratches, Very Fine.)"
This grand blanc à la couronne was a billon coin issued in large numbers during the reign of Louis XII (r. 1498-1515). It is not called a douzain in Duplessy but is the same size and weight. This type had a face value of twelve deniers tournois, a denomination later occupied by the copper sou.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.84 g, .359 fine, this specimen 2,45 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 664; Ci. 928; Laf. 605.

Source:

  • 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 139, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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