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France, Henri IV, 2 August 1589 - 14 May 1610
Henry IV, also known as "Good King Henry", was King of Navarre from 1572 to 1610. Upon the death of his brother-in-law and distant cousin Henry III of France, Henry was called to the French succession in 1589. He initially kept the Protestant faith but after four years and at least 12 assassination attempts, he abjured the Calvinist faith. He promulgated the Edict of Nantes in 1598, guaranteeing religious freedom and ending the Wars of Religion. He was assassinated in 1610 by a fanatical Catholic. Unpopular immediately after his accession, Henry's popularity greatly improved after his death. The "Good King Henry" (le bon roi Henri) was remembered for his geniality and his great concern about the welfare of his subjects. Henry is said to have originated the oft-repeated phrase, "a chicken in every pot."
UK88342. Silver 1/2 franc, Duplessy
3581, VF, well centered
, areas flatly struck, tiny edge split, Angers mint, weight
7.028g, maximum diameter
27.8mm, die axis
, 1600; obverse
IV, by the Grace of God, King
of France and Navarre), bust
right, •F• (mintmark
) below; reverse
+ SIT•NOMEN•DOMINI•BENEDICVM•1600 (Blessed is the Name of the Lord), floral cross
, with H in center; ex Karl Stephens (Temple City, CA dealer); rare
Catalog current as of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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