France 1592-I double tournois

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 951
This specimen was lot 951 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €60 (about US$84 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri IV (1589-1610), Cu double tournois, 1592I, Limoges. 1er type. D/ B. barbu, l. et cuir. à d. R/ Trois lis dans le champ. Différent: molette (François Dubois). Très rare. Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, copper double tournois of 1592, Limoges mint, first type. Obverse: laureate armored and bearded bust to right; reverse: three fleurs-de-lys in the field, star privy mark. Very rare, fine.)"
The specimen shown is a double tournois of Henry IV (r. 1589-1610) struck by the hammer at the Limoges mint (mintmark "I") in 1592. Duplessy notes that this type was the most common, struck at many mints. 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 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 2,91 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1273; CGKL 198.


  • 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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