France 1643-A double tournois

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 249

This specimen was lot 249 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,210. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE, Louis XIII le Juste (the Just). 1610–1643. CU Double tornois. Paris mint. Dated 1643 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64 BN. Medium deep brown surface which is very choice. Only graded specimen with super portrait and strike. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, September 1977." The specimen shown is a double tournois of Louis XIII (r. 1610-43) struck at the Corbeil mint (not Paris, despite the "A" mintmark) in 1642-43. 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. This specimen was probably milled, not hammered.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.13 g, copper, this specimen 20 mm diameter, 2.64 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1377; Ciani 1724; KM 127.1, Gad-12.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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