France (1541)-D douzain

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1080
This douzain à la croisette was a billon coin issued in large numbers during the reign of Francis I (r. 1515-47). Milled coinage was experimental in the sixteenth century and would not be generally adopted in France until the reform of 1640-42. This type had a face value of twelve deniers tournois, a denomination later occupied by the copper sou. This specimen was lot 1080 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, François Ier (1515-1547), AR douzain à la croisette, mars 1541, Lyon. D/ Ecu de France couronné dans un polylobe. R/ Croix pleine dans un quadrilobe. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Francis I, 1515-47, douzain of the little cross, March 1541, Lyon mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France in a polylobe; reverse: plain cross in a quadrilobe. Very Fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .292 fine silver, 2.68 g, the second specimen 2,56 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-927; Ci. 1170; Laf. 785.

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 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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