France 1611-A double tournois

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1299
This specimen was lot 1299 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 150 CHF (about US$186 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XIII. 1610-1643. Double tournois 1611, Paris. Gutes vorzüglich. (France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, double tournois of 1611, Paris mint. Good extremely fine.)"
These coins were produced by private contractors in large quantities at a profusion of mints and in many varieties until the 1640's. Droulers, who estimates that 600 million pieces were made, assigns 91 catalogue numbers to the double tournois of Louis XIII. 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 but common.

Specification: copper, this specimen 3.28 g.

Catalog reference: C.1718, Gad-5, Dr.4/140, Duplessy 1358. Dr.2/114.


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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