France 1580-P double tournois

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 942
This specimen was lot 942 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €160 (about US$223 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri III (1574-1589), Cu double tournois, 1580P, Dijon. D/ B. l. et cuir. à d. Légende débutant à 12h. R/ Trois lis dans le champ. Lettre d'atelier à l'exergue. Différent: FG (François Gallien). Rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry III, 1574-89, copper double tournois of 1580, Dijon mint. Obverse: laureate armored bust to right with legend beginning at 12 o'clock; reverse: three fleurs-de-lys in the field, mintmark below, "FG" privy mark. Rare, very fine.)"
The specimen shown is a double tournois of Henry III (r. 1574-89) struck by the hammer at the Dijon mint (mintmark "P") in 1580. Duplessy notes that this subtype, unique to Dijon, featured a "+" at the start of the obverse legend and was struck 1578-88. These coins were produced by private contractors in large quantities at a profusion of mints and in many varieties until the 1640's. The issues of Henry III and IV were reasonable compared to those of the regency of Louis XIII, when the queen-mother sold production contracts to many of her supporters. The face value was two deniers.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.13 g, copper, this specimen 3,06 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1152A; CGKL 40.


  • 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 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018

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