France 1614-X double tournois

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 957
This specimen was lot 957 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €110 (about US$153 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), Cu double tournois, 1614X, Amiens. 1er type. D/ B. enfantin à d., l. et cuir., au col plat. R/ Trois lis dans le champ. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, copper double tournois of 1614, Amiens mint, first type. Obverse: armored, laureate infant bust to right in flat collar; reverse: three fleurs-de-lys in the field. Very fine to 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 estimates that 600 million pieces were made and assigns 91 catalogue numbers to the double tournois of Louis XIII. This variety is called a double tournois au grande buste enfantin, struck at Amiens 1614-15. It is priced only slightly higher than a Paris mint issue. 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 3,29 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1358A; CGKL 262, Dr.4 no. 215, Dr.2 no. 124, Gad-7.


  • 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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