France (1515) douzain

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Jean Elsen sale 139, lot 866
This specimen was lot 866 in Jean Elsen sale 139 (Brussels, December 2018), where it sold for €85 (about US$114 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, François Ier (1515-1547), AR grand blanc à la couronne, s.d. (janvier 1515), point 15e, Rouen. D/ Ecu de France entre trois couronnelles, dans un trilobe. R/ Croix cantonnée de deux lis et deux couronnelles, dans un quadrilobe. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Francis I (1515-47), undated silver blanc of the crown, point under the 15th letter, Rouen mint. Obverse: Very Fine.)"
This grand blanc à la couronne was a billon coin issued in large numbers during the reign of Francis I (r. 1515-47). 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 2,57 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 835; Ci. 1157; Laf. 694.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 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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