France 1576-F franc

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1422
This specimen was lot 1422 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €80 (about US$118 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri III (1574-1589), AR franc au col plat, 1576F, Angers. D/ B. l. et cuir. à d. R/ Croix feuillue et fleurdelisée, H en coeur. Nettoyé. Griffe au revers. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry III, 1574-89, silver franc of the flat collar of 1576, Angers mint. Obverse: laureate and armored bust to right with flat collar; reverse: floriate cross, "H" at center. Cleaned, scratch on reverse, very fine.)"
Duplessy lists this type for 1575-86. This specimen is too light to fall within the manufacturing tolerance and has likely been clipped.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14.18 g, .833 fine silver, this specimen 11,12 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 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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