France 1587-G 1/2 franc

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from Heritage sale 3049, lot 32933
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This specimen was lot 32933 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Henri III 1/2 Franc 1587-G MS61 NGC, Poitiers mint. One planchet crack at 9:00, otherwise exceptional for the type. Henri was king of both Poland and France, as is stated in the legend." The specimen shown is a demi-franc of Henry III of France (r. 1574-89) struck by the hammer at the Poitiers mint (mintmark "G") in 1587. The king's title, "HENRICVS.III.D.G.FRANC.ET.POL.REX," indicates his brief tenure as king of Poland. Duplessy lists this type for 1575-89. Many varieties exist. It had a face value in France of 10 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.09 g, .833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1131.


  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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