France 1606-M 1/2 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 953
This specimen was lot 953 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €500 (about US$696 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri IV (1589-1610), AR demi-franc, 1606M, Toulouse. D/ B. l. et cuir. à d. R/ Croix fleuronnée, H en coeur. Beau portrait. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, silver half franc of 1606, Toulouse mint. Obverse: laureate armored bust to right; reverse: floriate cross, "H" at the center. Nice portrait, very fine.)"
The specimen shown is a demi-franc of Henry IV of France (r. 1589-1610) struck by the hammer at the Toulouse mint (mintmark "M") in 1606. 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 7,00 g.

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

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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