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France (Mints and Types)

This theme includes Celtic, Greek, Roman and later coins struck at mints in France and coins related to historical events which took place in France. Coins struck at mints in France during the Constantinian Era and Late Roman Period are very popular with collectors because they are often the most interesting and attractive coins of the period.

Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Judaea Capta

|Vespasian|, |Vespasian,| |1| |July| |69| |-| |24| |June| |79| |A.D.,| |Judaea| |Capta||sestertius|
References describe the figure on the reverse as Vespasian, but on this coin he appears young - perhaps it is Titus? On 14 April 70 A.D. Titus surrounded Jerusalem. He allowed pilgrims to enter to celebrate Passover but this was a trap to put pressure on supplies of food and water; he refused to allow them to leave. On 10 May he began his assault on the walls. The third wall fell on 25 May. The second wall fell on 30 May. On 20 July Titus stormed the Temple Mount. On 4 August 70 A.D. Titus destroyed the Temple. The Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av mourns the Fall of Jerusalem annually on this date. This type celebrates the victory of Vespasian and Titus. Coins commemorating this event are referred to as "Judaea Capta" issues.
RB111383. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE II 812 (same dies), Hendin 6574 (R), RIC II-1 1181 (R), BnF III 814, Lyon 63, Hunter I -, SRCV I -, gF, near centered, brown patina with brassy areas, porosity, weight 25.456 g, maximum diameter 34.0 mm, die axis 225o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 72 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS IIII, laureate bust right, globe at point of bust; reverse IVDAEA CAPTA, date palm tree; Vespasian (or Titus?) on left standing right with left foot on helmet, wearing military dress, vertical spear in right hand, parazonium in left hand, Jewess on right, seated right, propping head with left hand in attitude of mourning; S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; ex Noonans Mayfair auction, 13 Oct 2022, lot 402; rare; $1400.00 SALE PRICE $1260.00


France, Louis XVI, 10 May 1774 - 4 September 1791 A.D.

|France|, |France,| |Louis| |XVI,| |10| |May| |1774| |-| |4| |September| |1791| |A.D.||Ecu|
Louis XVI, born Louis-Auguste, was the last King of France and Navarre before the French Revolution; during which he was also known as Louis Capet. In 1765, at the death of his father, Louis, Dauphin of France, son and heir apparent of Louis XV of France, Louis-Auguste became the new Dauphin. Upon his grandfather's death on 10 May 1774, he became King of France and Navarre, which he remained until 4 September 1791, when he received the title of King of the French until his suspension on 10 August 1792. Louis XVI was guillotined on 21 January 1793.

The Louis d'or (20 francs) under Louis XVI was minted between 1785 and 1792 and had a dimension of 23 mm, and a weight of 7.6490 g, a fineness of 0.917, and gold content of 0.2255 troy oz.
WO111007. Silver Ecu, Duplessy 1708, Ciani 2187, Gadoury 356, SCWC KM 564.10, aEF, lustrous in recessed areas, light tone, flan adjustment marks on rev., light marks, weight 29.356 g, maximum diameter 41.4 mm, die axis 0o, Toulouse mint, 1789; obverse LUDXVIDGFRETNAVREX (LVDOVICVS XIII DEI GRATIA FRANCIAE ET NAVARRAE REX - Louis XIII by the grace of God king of France and of Navarre), bust of Louis XVI left, wearing an embroidered military jacket with the order of the Holy Spirit, hair tied at the nape of the neck with a ribbon, tiny B. DUVIV. F (engraver Pierre-Benjamin Duvivier) on base of bust, small crown (privy mark) below; reverse SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTVM*1789 (May the name of the Lord be Blessed), crowned arms of France, crowned oval shield with three lis, surrounded by wreath of two oak wreath, M (mintmark) below; the luster is not well captured by the photograph, ex Karl Stephens (Temple City, CA); $540.00 SALE PRICE $486.00


France, Louis XV the Beloved, 1 September 1715 - 10 May 1774

|France|, |France,| |Louis| |XV| |the| |Beloved,| |1| |September| |1715| |-| |10| |May| |1774||Ecu|
Louis XV succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at five and reigned 58 years. Until he reached maturity, Philippe II, Duke of Orlans, ruled as regent. Louis did not take sole control until his chief minister, Cardinal Fleury, died in 1743. He ceded New France in N. America to Spain and Great Britain at the conclusion of the disastrous Seven Years' War. He was succeeded by his grandson Louis XVI who perished in the French Revolution. Two of his other grandsons, Louis XVIII and Charles X, occupied the throne after the fall of Napoleon I. Historians generally give his reign very low marks, as wars drained the treasury and set the stage for the French Revolution.
WO111010. Silver Ecu, Duplessy 1680, Ciani 2122, Lafaurie 698, Gadoury 322, SCWC KM 512.12, gVF, iridescent toning on luster, scratches, flan adjustment marks; edge lettering: DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM (Lord, save the king), weight 29.190 g, maximum diameter 41.8 mm, die axis 180o, Bayonne mint, 1767; obverse LVDXVDGFRETNAVREX (Louis XV, by the Grace of God, king of France and Navarre), young head of Louis XV left, hair tied with a ribbon, tiny JCR (engraver Joseph-Charles Rettiers) on edge of neck, two flowers with crossed stems between two pellets (privy mark) below; reverse SITNOMENDOMINBENEDICTVM*1767 (May the name of the Lord be blessed), crowned arms of France, crowned oval shield with three lis, surrounded by wreath of two oak wreath, L (mint mark) below; $360.00 SALE PRICE $324.00


France, Charles VII The Victorious, 1422 - 1461

|France|, |France,| |Charles| |VII| |The| |Victorious,| |1422| |-| |1461||plaque| |(double| |gros)|
Charles VII was born in 1403 as the eleventh child and fifth son of Charles VI of France and Isabeau of Bavaria. He was given the title of comte de Ponthieu at his birth. His four elder brothers all died childless, leaving Charles with a rich inheritance of titles. Due to the Treaty of Troyes, in which Charles VI signed for King Henry V of England as his legitimate successor to the throne of France, a new conflict with England was created. The succession was claimed both by the King of England and by the disinherited younger Charles.
WO111003. Billon plaque (double gros), Duplessy 480, Ciani 657, Lafaurie 480, Roberts 2906, F, clashed dies, weight 2.966 g, maximum diameter 29.8 mm, die axis 135o, Tournai (Belgium) mint, 10 Dec 1427-7 Jan 1429; obverse (crown) KAROLVSDEIGRAFRANCORVREX (Charles, by the grace of God, King of the Franks), three lis, two above, one below center; reverse + SIT:NO-ME:NOM-INI:BEN-EDICTV (Blessed be the name of the Lord, dotted C), long cross patte with F-R-A-C' in quarters; ex Gordon Andreas Singer; rare; $240.00 SALE PRICE $216.00


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.

|Postumus|, |Gallic| |Empire,| |Postumus,| |Summer| |260| |-| |Spring| |269| |A.D.||double| |sestertius|
A skilled general and administrator, Postumus rebelled against Gallienus, uniting Gaul, Spain, and Britain into a Gallic-Roman Empire. Successful against the Germans, he kept his empire secure and prosperous. He was assassinated by his own troops after he refused to allow them to sack Moguntiacum (Mainz).
RB111231. Orichalcum double sestertius, RIC V-2 106, Elmer 213, Bastien Postume 63, Cohen VI 248, SRCV III 11052, VF, mottled green patina, weak strike center, weight 20.027 g, maximum diameter 32.8 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain Gallic mint, 260 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P COS II P P (Pontifex Maximus, Tribunitia Potestas, Consul Secundum, Pater Patre), emperor in military attire standing left, globe in right hand, spear vertical in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; ex CGB Numismatique; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00


Lot of 3 Celtic Gaul, Cast Potin Coins, c. 100 - 50 B.C.

|Celtic| |&| |Tribal|, |Lot| |of| |3| |Celtic| |Gaul,| |Cast| |Potin| |Coins,| |c.| |100| |-| |50| |B.C.||potin|
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Celtic Gaul, Senones, 52 B.C., cast potin, AE15, 3.27g, Head right, hair divided into large curls, pulled back / Bird left, pentagram above tail, two annulets behind. Delestre-Tache 2631, CCCBM 156-159, De la Tour 7565.
2) Northeast Gaul, Suessiones, c. 100-50 B.C., cast potin, AE22, 4.20g. Two confronted ibexes, globe between / Wolf confronting boar, annulet between. Delestre & Tache 211.
3) Northeast Gaul, Leuci, c. 100-50 B.C. cast potin, 17mm, 3.64g. Celticized male head to left / Boar left. Delestre-Tache 225.
LT99418. Cast potin, Lot of 3 coins, F - VF, c. 100 - 50 B.C.; no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photographs, 3 cast potin; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


France, Louis XV, 1710 - 1774

|France|, |France,| |Louis| |XV,| |1710| |-| |1774||Sol| |des| |Mines| |de| |Barn|
Copper mines Sol issued for Province of Bearn.
WO110518. Copper Sol des Mines de Barn, Gadoury 277, Duplessy 1695, Ciani 2150, Lafaurie 672, Droulers 575, VF, weight 10.670 g, maximum diameter 30.6 mm, die axis 180o, Pau mint, 1727; obverse +LUDXVDGFRETNAVREBD (BD ligate), three crowned double L's arranged in a triangle, fleur-de-lis in angles, cow (mintmark) in center; reverse PRODUIT / DES MINES / DE / FRANCE in four lines in ornamental cartouche, 17-27 divided below; ex Gordon Andreas Singer; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


France, County of Maine, Herbert I or Successors, 1015 - 1266

|France|, |France,| |County| |of| |Maine,| |Herbert| |I| |or| |Successors,| |1015| |-| |1266||denar|
Denarii types of Herbert I, who died 1035, were struck for at Le Mans for the County of Maine until 1266.
CR111255. Billon denar, Duplessy 399, Poey d'Avant 1558, Boudeau 171, gF, well centered, toned, weight 1.256 g, maximum diameter 20.80 mm, die axis 135o, Le Mans mint, 1015 - 1266 A.D.; obverse + COMES CENOMANIS, monogram of Herbert; reverse + SIGNVM DEI VIVI, cross with alpha and omega hanging; ex Morton & Eden auction 119 (6 Dec 2022), lot 333 (part of); $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


France, County of Maine, Herbert I or Successors, 1015 - 1266

|France|, |France,| |County| |of| |Maine,| |Herbert| |I| |or| |Successors,| |1015| |-| |1266||denar|
Denarii types of Herbert I, who died 1035, were struck for at Le Mans for the County of Maine until 1266.
CR111253. Billon denar, Duplessy 399, Poey d'Avant 1558, Boudeau 171, aVF, centered, toned, weight 1.090 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, Le Mans mint, 1015 - 1266 A.D.; obverse + COMES CENOMANIS, monogram of Herbert; reverse + SIGNVM DEI VIVI, cross with alpha and omega hanging; ex Morton & Eden auction 119 (6 Dec 2022), lot 333 (part of); $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Monnaies and Numismatique, Paris, 10 Catalogs 1971 - 1978, Expert M Emile Bourgey

|Auction| |Catalogs|, |Monnaies| |and| |Numismatique,| |Paris,| |10| |Catalogs| |1971| |-| |1978,| |Expert| |M| |Emile| |Bourgey|
Auctions of Greek, Roman, French & Foreign Currencies, held in Paris. M. Emile Bourgey, expert in currencies and medals. Includes 14-25 June 1971; 18 June 1974; 29 Oct. 1974; R Castaing Collection Part 1, 30 June 1976; Histoire Numismatique Du Protestantisme, 21-23 Nov. 1977; Jetons Mureaux, 14 June 1977; 5-6 Dec. 1977; 14 Nov. 1980; Numismatique, 18 May 1984; Numismatique, 12 Mar. 1985.
BC23659. Monnaies and Numismatique, Paris, 10 Catalogs 1971 - 1978, Expert M Emile Bourgey, in French, soft cover, age and cover wear, some with markings, musty, international shipping at the actual cost of postage ; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00




  



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