France 1604-B 1/2 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 694
This specimen was lot 694 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €90 (about US$120 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri IV (1589-1610), AR demi-franc, 1604B, Rouen. D/ B. l. et cuir. à d. R/ Croix fleuronnée, H en coeur. Traces de monture au revers. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, silver half franc of 1604, Rouen mint. Obverse: laureate, armored bust right; reverse: floriate cross, H in the center. Trace of mounting, about Very Fine.)"
The specimen shown is a demi-franc of Henry IV (r. 1589-1610) struck by the hammer at the Rouen mint (mintmark "B") in 1604. This particular specimen has the obverse legend beginning at the bottom. Its face value was 10 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.09 g, .833 fine silver, this specimen 6,48 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1212A; Ci. 1534; Laf. 1061, unlisted in the SCWC but similar to KM 14.1.


  • [2]Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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