France 1586-M franc
This specimen was lot 605 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Franc, 1586-M. Toulouse Mint. Henri III (1574-89). NGC MS-62. Toned with underlying luster. A nice full strike with good portrait and complete legends." Duplessy lists this type for 1575-86 from numerous mints. The face value was twenty sols tournois. This franc avec fraise is distinguished from the contemporary franc au col plat by the addition of a lace ruff to the king's collar. It seems to be unique to the Toulouse mint.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 14.18 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dupl-1130a; Ciani-1434.
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.