Tournai (1427) gros

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 874
This specimen was lot 874 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €900 (about US$1,321 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TOURNAI, atelier royal français, Charles VII (1422-1461), AR gros (demi-plaque cromsteert), 1e émission (décembre 1427). D/ Trois lis posés deux et un. R/ Croix pattée longue, cantonnée de F-R-A-C'. Le C de BENEDICTVM pointé. Très rare Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. Provient de la collection Prince de Ligne et de notre vente 102, 12 septembre 2009, 695. (lordship of Tournai, French royal mint, Charles VII, 1422-61, silver gros (half plaque), first emission (December 1427). Obverse: three fleurs-de-lys arranged two and one; reverse: long cross pattée, "F-R-A-C" in quarters. The "C" of BENEDICTVM is pointed. Very rare, nice patina, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was not minted by the local robber baron but by the king of France himself. It is identical to the products of the other French mints except for the dot under the 16th letter of the legend. Duplessy notes that it had a face value of 7 deniers tournois. Two later emissions were made, in 1432 and 1432-33.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.12 g, .399 fine silver, this specimen 2.04 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-481; Laf. 481; Hoc 179 (this example).

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome I, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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