France 1607-D double tournois
This specimen was lot 245 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $453.75. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Henri IV le Grand (the Great). 1589–1610. CU Double tournois. Lyon mint. Dated 1607 D. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62 BN. Deep brown patina with a hint of red coming through. Wonderful strike. Only coin of this date graded. Purchased from Superior Stamp & Coin, December 1973." The specimen shown is a double tournois of Henry IV (r. 1589-1610) struck by the hammer at the Lyon mint (mintmark "D") in 1607. 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 20 mm diameter, 2.74 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: Duplessy 1273; Ciani –; KM 16.2 var. (unlisted date).
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.