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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.

Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453

|France|, |Anglo-Gallic,| |Henry| |VI| |de| |Lancastre,| |King| |of| |France| |and| |England,| |1422| |-| |1453||grand| |blanc| |aux| |cus|NEW
In 1422, the year old king of England inherited the French throne from his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this type represents the unification of the two nations. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and part of Maine remained in Henry's control.
WO110517. Silver grand blanc aux cus, Elias 288, Ciani 602, Duplessy 445, Lafaurie 449, SCBC-SII 8166, VF, toned, light encrustations, ink mark "museum number" 3.1422, weight 3.169 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 270o, lis mintmark, St L mint, 23 Nov 1422 - 1449; obverse ⚜ FRANCORVm: ET: ANGLIE: REX (King of France and England), shields of France (on left) and England (on right), side by side, hERICVS above; reverse ⚜ SIT: nOmEN: DnI: BENEDICV (Blessed be the name of the Lord), Latin cross, fleur-de-lis to left, leopard left on right, hERICVS below; ex Gordon Andreas Singer; $360.00 SALE PRICE $324.00


Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453

|France|, |Anglo-Gallic,| |Henry| |VI| |de| |Lancastre,| |King| |of| |France| |and| |England,| |1422| |-| |1453||grand| |blanc| |aux| |cus|NEW
On 12 December 1422, each mint was assigned a mint-mark to be placed at the beginning of the obverse and reverse legends. The omission of the pellet beside the root mint-mark was ordered 17 July 1432.

In 1422, the year old king of England inherited the French throne from his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this type represents the unification of the two nations. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and part of Maine remained in Henry's control.
WO110516. Silver grand blanc aux cus, Elias 285a (R), Ciani 602, Duplessy 445, Lafaurie 449, SCBC-SII 8166; root mintmark, no pellet, VF, toned, weight 3.256 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 0o, Le Mans mint, 17 Jul 1432 - 1448; obverse (root) FRANCORVm: ET: ANGLIE: REX (King of France and England), shields of France (on left) and England (on right), side by side, hERICVS above; reverse (root) SIT: nOmEN: DnI: BENEDICVm (Blessed be the name of the Lord), Latin cross, fleur-de-lis to left, leopard left on right, hERICVS below; ex Goron Andreas Singer; rare; $320.00 SALE PRICE $288.00


France, Louis XV, 1710 - 1774

|France|, |France,| |Louis| |XV,| |1710| |-| |1774||Sol| |des| |Mines| |de| |Barn|NEW
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; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


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; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


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


Monnaies Modernes et Contemporarines, Or, Argent, I and II, 2 Auction Catalogs, N.C.P, Paris, 1970 - 1971

|Auction| |Catalogs|, |Monnaies| |Modernes| |et| |Contemporarines,| |Or,| |Argent,| |I| |and| |II,| |2| |Auction| |Catalogs,| |N.C.P,| |Paris,| |1970| |-| |1971|
Modern and contemporary coins, gold and silver. Numismatique et Change de Paris (N.C.P.)
BL23671. Monnaies Modernes et Contemporarines, Or, Argent, I and II, N.C.P, Paris, 1970 - 1971, in French, soft cover, small booklet style, age and cover wear, a few markings, musty, international shipping at the actual cost of postage ; $12.00 SALE PRICE $10.80


Monnaies Romaines, Francaises and Antiques, 2 Auction Catalogs, Hotel Drouot Paris, 1975

|Auction| |Catalogs|, |Monnaies| || |Romaines,| |Francaises| |and| |Antiques,| |2| |Auction| |Catalogs,| |Hotel| |Drouot| |Paris,| |1975|
Collection of Roman bronze, French coins in Gold and Silver, and ancient silver coins. Held 23 April and 11 June, 1975. Maitres Albinet and Neret-Minet, commissioners, assisted by Madame L. Piollet-Sabatier, expert.
BL23672. Monnaies Romaines, Francaises and Antiques, 2 Auction Catalogs, Hotel Drouot Paris, 1975, in French, soft cover, small booklet style, age and cover wear, musty, international shipping at the actual cost of postage; $8.00 SALE PRICE $7.20


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.||sestertius|
"At the mouth of the Tiber River, Ostia was Rome's seaport. Ostia means mouth in Latin. This coin was issued to commemorate the completion of an artificial harbor at Ostia, begun under Claudius in 42 A.D. and completed under Nero in 64 A.D.

The earliest known post-diaspora house-synagogue was at Ostia. In 387, St. Augustine stayed in Ostia with his mother, who died there.

Ostia began to decline in the Severan period. By the Constantine Dynasty, Portus was the main port for Rome. Earthquake damage at Ostia was left uncleared. At the end of the fifth century the aqueduct stopped functioning. In 537 with the area under attack from the Goths, the remaining inhabitants retreated to the theater, which they turned into a little fortress. Early in the ninth century Ostia was captured by the Saracens and abandoned.

Ostian marble was reused in the cathedrals of Pisa, Florence, Amalfi and Orvieto. The Leaning Tower of Pisa was entirely built of material from Ostia. Despite all this, Ostia today is known for its well preserved ruins and magnificent frescos.
SH32118. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 440, BMCRE I 323, Mac Dowall WCN 420, Cohen I 251, BnF II 75, Hunter I -, SRCV I -, Choice VF, pourous surfaces, weight 24.599 g, maximum diameter 35.4 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 65 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head right, globe at point of bust; reverse bird's eye view of the Port of Ostia, eight ships in the harbor, statue of Neptune on lighthouse at top, river-god Tiber reclining holding rudder and dolphin below, all flanked by colonnade ending in temple on left and boat slips on right, S - C above, PORT AVG below; nice portrait, ex Stack's Coin Galleries; rare and historic; SOLD


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D.

|Tiberius|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.||aureus|
The "Gold Tribute Penny." The Gospel of Thomas 100:1-4 (excluded from the New Testament) tells a slightly different version of the "Tribute Penny" story.."They showed Jesus a gold (coin) and said to him: Caesars agents demand taxes from us. He said to them: Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar; give to God what belongs to God, and give to me what is mine."
SH43071. Gold aureus, Giard Lyon, group 1, 143; RIC I 25 (R2); BMCRE I 30; SRCV I 1760; Calico 305d (S.1); Cohen I 15; SRCV I 1760, aVF, nicely centered, weight 7.523 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, early 'plain' fine style, c. 15 - 18 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse PONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with plain legs set on base, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, no footstool; rare (R2); SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.||denarius|
IMP X SICIL refers to the victory at Naulochus over Sextus Pompey on 3 September 36 B.C.

In the forest of Arcadia, Pan gave Artemis two black-and-white dogs, three reddish ones, and one spotted one - these dogs were able to hunt even lions. Pan also gave Artemis seven bitches of the finest Arcadian breed. However, Artemis only ever brought seven dogs hunting with her at any one time.
SH53584. Silver denarius, RIC I 173b, RSC I 146a, BMCRE I 464, EF/gVF, gem, bold and toned obverse, weight 3.617 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 135o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 15 - 13 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right; reverse IMP - X / SICIL, Diana standing half-left, looking right, wearing short tunic, spear vertical in right, bow at side in left, dog standing left at feet on left; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1987; very rare with head left; SOLD







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