France 1615-C 1/2 franc

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This hammer-struck coin is a demi-franc de Saint-Lô au buste enfantin, lauré at au col fraisé (half franc of the St. Lô mint, infant bust, laureate and ruffed collar), struck during the minority of Louis XIII of France (r. 1610-43). Sorting and attributing these hammer-struck coins is difficult as the design varied with each mint and sometimes within each mint there were changes from year to year. A temptation for the counterfeiter. The mintmark "C" is below the king's bust and the date is above the "L" on the reverse. Planchet splits are normal.

Recorded mintage: 558,873.

Specification: 7.09 g, .833 fine silver, 27-29 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Nicolas Briot.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 45, Dr/2 no. 35.


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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