France 1621-G double tournois
This specimen was lot 247 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $181.50. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XIII le Juste (the Just). 1610–1643. CU Double tornois. Poitiers mint. Dated 1621 G. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62 BN. Deeply toned, very nice strike. Only graded specimen. Purchased from Superior Stamp & Coin." The specimen shown is a double tournois of Louis XIII (r. 1610-43) struck by the hammer at the Poitiers mint (mintmark "G") in 1621. These coins were produced by private contractors in large quantities at a profusion of mints and in many varieties until the 1640's. 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 20 mm diameter, 3.43 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: Duplessy 1362; Ciani –; KM 61.3, Dr/4 no. 178, Dr/2 no. 122, Gad-5.
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
- 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.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.