France 1550-A gros

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Sincona sale 20, lot 2718

This gros de Nesle was a billon coin issued in large numbers during the reign of Henry II (r. 1547-59). This specimen is from the Paris mint and seems to had been struck 1550 only. This type acquired its nickname from the Hôtel de Nesle in Paris, where it was struck. 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 thirty deniers tournois, a denomination later occupied by the copper sou. This specimen was lot 2718 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Gros de Nesle 1550. Paris. Fast vorzüglich. (nice extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .319 fine silver, 5.97 g, this specimen 5.84 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 994.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.

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