France 1576-B franc

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1123
This specimen was lot 1123 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €60 (about US$80 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri III (1574-1589), AR franc au col plat, 1576B, Rouen. D/ B. l. et cuir. à d. R/ Croix feuillue et fleurdelisée, H en coeur. Nettoyé. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry III, 1574-89, silver franc of the flat collar of 1576, Rouen mint. Obverse: laureate and armored bust right; reverse: leafed and floriate cross, H in the center. Cleaned, about Very Fine.)"
This franc d'argent had a face value of 20 sols tournois and was struck 1575-86. The subtype with the flat collar (shown here) is Dupl-1130: the one with the ruffed collar is Dupl-1130A.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14.18 g, .833 fine silver, this specimen 13,56 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1130; Ci. 1427; Laf. 970.


  • 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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