France 1630-A double tournois
This specimen was lot 248 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $272.25. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE, Louis XIII le Juste (the Just). 1610–1643. CU Double to[u]rnois. Paris mint. Dated 1630 A. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 58 BN. Very nice coffee colored and nice strike. Only graded specimen." The specimen shown is a double tournois, buste juvenile au col fraisé of Louis XIII (r. 1610-43) struck by the hammer at the Paris mint (mintmark "A") in 1630. 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, 2.85 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: Duplessy 1366; Ciani 1721; KM 72.1, Gad-9a.
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.