France 1607-Z denier tournois

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 954
This specimen was lot 954 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri IV (1589-1610), Cu denier tournois, 1607Z/D. D/ B. l. et cuir. à d. En dessous, Z. R/ Deux lis dans le champ, au-dessus de la lettre d'atelier [D]. Extrêmement rare. très bien conservé. (kingdom of France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, copper denier tournois of 1607. Obverse: laureate armored bust to right, "Z" below; reverse: two fleurs-de-lys in the field, mintmark below. Extremely rare, very good.)"
This odd specimen is a muling of Dupl-1279 denier tournois du Dauphiné ("Z" mintmark under the bust) and the regular Dupl-1274 denier tournois ("D" mintmark on the reverse). Duplessy credits this blunder to the Lyon mint while the auction catalogues credit this to Grenoble. After four centuries, it is doubtful we can settle the matter. As a denomination, the denier tournois is much scarcer than the larger double tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.56 g, copper, this specimen 1,36 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1279A; CGKL 256.

Source:

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

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