France 1629-M 1/2 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1171
This specimen was lot 1171 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €240 (about US$318 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), AR demi-franc, 1629M, Toulouse. 10e type. D/ B. juvénile à d., l., dr. et cuir., au col plat. R/ Croix fleuronnée et fleurdelisée. Rare. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, silver half franc of 1629, Toulouse mint, tenth type. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored juvenile bust right, in flat collar; reverse: floriate cross. Rare, about Very Fine.)"
This type was struck at Toulouse 1626-41 and is fairly common in low grade. It replaced a similar coin with the king's bust in a ruffed collar (Dr/4 no. 59). Its face value was 10 sols, 7 deniers tournois in 1602, which was raised to 13 sols 6 deniers tournois in 1636. No silver francs were struck during this reign except for an illegal issue in 1638-39 from Bordeaux (Dr/4 no. 35).

Recorded mintage: 58,257.

Specification: 7.09 g, .833 fine silver, plain edge, this specimen 7,06 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 60, Dr/2 no. 55, Dupl-1322; Gad-40, KM 117.8.


  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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