France 1551-M douzain

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot
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This douzain aux croissants was a billon coin issued in large numbers during the reign of Henry II (r. 1547-59). This specimen was lot 72171 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $129.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Douzain, 1551-M. Toulouse. Henry II (1547-59). NGC AU-55. Good strike and quite lustrous." These thin coins are often brittle and pieces get chipped off, which appears to have occurred in this case. Milled coinage was experimental in the sixteenth century and would not be generally adopted until the reform of 1640-42. This type had a face value of twelve deniers tournois, a denomination later occupied by the copper sou.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .292 fine silver, 2.6 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-997.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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