France 1579-T franc

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Jean Elsen sale 119, lot 1369
France 1579T franc rev JElsen 119-1369.jpg
This specimen was lot 1369 in Jean Elsen sale 119 (Brussels, December 2013), where it sold for 450 euro (about US$728 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri III (1574-1589), AR franc au col plat, 1579 T, Nantes. Droit: B. l. et cuirassé à droite. Revers: Croix feuillue et fleurdelisée, H en coeur. Légère faiblesse de frappe. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry III (1574-89), silver franc of 1579, Nantes mint. Obverse: laureate, armored bust to right; reverse: floriate cross, 'H' in center. Slightly weakly struck, very fine.)"
Duplessy lists this type for 1575-86 from numerous mints. The face value was twenty sols tournois. Heavy clipping prompted the regime to suspend production in 1586.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14.18 g, .833 fine silver, this specimen 13,92 g.

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

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Roberts, James N., The Silver Coins of Medieval France (476-1610 AD), S. Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1996.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 119, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2013.

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