France 1619-K double tournois
The specimen shown is a double tournois of Louis XIII (r. 1610-43) struck by the hammer at the Bordeaux mint (mintmark "K") in 1619. 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, 3.1 g.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 191, Dr/2 no. 125, Gad-5.
- Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII á 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.