France 1620-A double tournois
The specimen shown is a double tournois of Louis XIII (r. 1610-43) struck by the hammer at the Paris mint (mintmark "A") in 1620. 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. Gadoury mentions two types for 1620-A, the double tournois, buste enfantin (Gad-5, rarity R2) and the double tournois, buste juvenile au col rebattu (Gad-8, rarity R3, shown here). The issues of Henry IV were reasonable compared to those of the regency of Louis XIII, when the French queen-mother sold production contracts to many of her supporters. The face value was two deniers.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: copper, 3.1 g.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 141, Dr/2 no. 128, Gad-8.
- 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.