Viennois (1349-64) florin Fr-247
This specimen was lot 22473 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $840. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Viennois. Florin, ND. Charles V (1349-64). NGC MS-61. Dauphiné issue, St. John the Baptist standing facing with S.IOHA - NNES.B. around with small castle at end of legend; reverse: Florentine lily with .+KROL - DPhS.V around.... RARE in this state of preservation. Good strike despite some weakness of the central devices. Light attractive tone with luster." The Viennois (also known as Dauphiné) had been ruled by an independent dynasty since the early 1300's. Louis XI's accession ended the province's independence but separate coinage was issued for it until the reign of Charles IX (1560-74).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Fr-247.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.