France 1587-X 1/2 franc

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from the Stack's Bowers 2020 Collector's Choice sale, lot 70115
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This specimen was lot 70115 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2020), where it sold for $168. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Franc, 1587-X. Amiens Mint. Henry III. PCGS VF-30 Gold Shield. Moderately toned, this piece presents a great deal of darker toning in the fields, highlighting the devices." The specimen shown is a demi-franc of Henry III of France (r. 1574-89) struck by the hammer at the Amiens mint (mintmark "X") 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 of 10 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.09 g, .833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dup-1131; Ciani-1431.


  • 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]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The May 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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