France 1550-D 2 henri d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 120, lot 1236
France 1550D henri dor rev JElsen 120-1236.jpg
This specimen was lot 1236 in Jean Elsen sale 120 (Brussels, March 2014), where it sold for €4,400 (about US$7,235 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri II (1547-1559), AV double Henri d'or, 1550 D, Lyon. Droit: B. l. et cuirassé à droite. Revers: Croix formée de quatre H couronnés, cantonnée de deux croissants et deux lis. Différent: F sous la date (François Guilhem). Un petit trèfle dans le croissant au premier canton. Avec point 12e au droit et au revers. Extrêmement Rare. Le flan légèrement voilé. Beau portrait. Seulement 600 p. frappées. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry II (1547-59), gold double henri d'or of 1550, Lyon mint. Obverse: laureate, armored bust to right; reverse: cross formed of four crowned "H's" with two crescents and two lilies in the fields. Mintmaster "F" and a dot under the twelfth letter of the reverse. Extremely rare, slightly wavy planchet, nice portrait, very fine.)"
This type was struck at numerous mints 1550-62. It had a face value of one hundred sols tournois, the same as two écu d'or. The denomination was continued after his death in 1559 by his teenage sons, Francis II and Charles IX.

Recorded mintage: 600.

Specification: gold, this specimen 7,24 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-971; Ci-1237; Laf-809; Fr-367.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 120, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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