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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 Aquitaine, Edward I Longshanks, 20 November 1272 7 July 1307, As Duke and Son of Henry III

|France|, |Anglo-Gallic| |Aquitaine,| |Edward| |I| |Longshanks,| |20| |November| |1272| || |7| |July| |1307,| |As| |Duke| |and| |Son| |of| |Henry| |III||denier| |au| |lion|NEW
Edward I was a tall man for his era, at 6'2" (1.88 m), hence the nickname "Longshanks." Henry III ceded the duchy of Aquitaine to Edward in 1252. He ruled as King of England and Lord of Ireland, 20 Nov 1272 - 7 Jul 1307. He was ruthless in pursuing his aims and crushing those who opposed him. Edward fought in the 9th crusade before he became king. He conquered large parts of Wales and he built a series of castles and towns in the countryside and settled them with English people. He attempted to do the same to Scotland but after Philip IV of France (a Scottish ally) confiscated the Duchy of Gascony, Edward went to war with France. He recovered his duchy but the conflict relieved military pressure against Scotland. When the Edward I died, his son was left with a war with Scotland, financial and political problems.
ME99921. Silver denier au lion, Elias 13, SCBC-SII 8013, Duplessy 1037, Poey d'Avant 2786 , aF, toned, small edge cracks, weight 0.858 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Aquitaine mint, as Duke of Aquitaine, 1252 - 1272; obverse + EDVVARD FILI (Edward son of), lion left within inner circle; reverse + h REGIS ANGLIE (Henry King of England), cross patte within inner circle; $300.00 SALE PRICE $270.00 ON RESERVE


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

|Postumus|, |Gallic| |Empire,| |Postumus,| |Summer| |260| |-| |Spring| |269| |A.D.||double| |sestertius|
This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance. Unfortunately for Postumus, Fides is only an imaginary goddess, his disgruntled troops killed him after he refused to allow them to sack Moguntiacum (Mainz, Germany).
RB98102. Orichalcum double sestertius, RIC V-2 123, Cohen VI 74, Bastien Postume 77, Mairat 189, Hunter IV 101, SRCV III 11040, gF, obverse a little off center, parts of legends weak/unstruck, minor edge split, minor porosity, weight 18.031 g, maximum diameter 32.7 mm, die axis 180o, Treveri (Trier, France) mint, 3rd bronze emission, 261 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse FIDES MILITVM (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides Militum standing facing, head left, flanked by two signum, one in each hand; ex CGB Numismatique Paris; $270.00 SALE PRICE $243.00


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|
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.
UK99276. Silver grand blanc aux cus, Elias 288, Duplessy 445, Ciani 602, Lafaurie 449, SCBC-SII 8166, VF, toning, marks, weight 3.135 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 0o, lis mintmark, St L mint, 1422; 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: BENEDICTV (Blessed be the name of the Lord), Latin cross, fleur-de-lis to left, leopard left on right, hERICVS on a line below; $215.00 SALE PRICE $194.00


France, Provincial, Duchy of Lorraine, Charles IV, 1624 - 1634 and 1661 - 1670

|France|, |France,| |Provincial,| |Duchy| |of| |Lorraine,| |Charles| |IV,| |1624| |-| |1634| |and| |1661| |-| |1670||teston|
Lorraine was Duchy of the Holy Roman Empire. Charles IV was Duke of Lorraine from 1624 until his death in 1675, with a brief interruption in 1634, when he abdicated under French pressure in favor of his younger brother, Nicholas Francis. He came to lose his duchy because of his anti-French policy; in 1633. Charles was a casualty of the fierce factional infighting in the French court between the King's brother Gaston d'Orlans, and Cardinal Richelieu, even though technically, Lorraine was subject to the Holy Roman Empire and the Emperor Ferdinand II of Austria. French troops invaded Lorraine in 1634 in retaliation for Charles's support of Gaston d'Orlans and he abdicated and entered the imperial service in the Thirty Years' War and was victorious at the Battle of Nrdlingen. Shortly thereafter, Nicholas Francis too fled into exile and abdicated his claims, which were now taken up once again by Charles, who remained Duke of Lorraine in exile for the next quarter century.Charles_IV
WO99278. Silver teston, de Saulcy ducs p. 17; Boudeau 1557; SCWC KM German States, p. 638, 45 (no refs. note overdate), VF, well centered, irregularly shaped flan, light toning, light marks, flan flaw obv., weight 8.540 g, maximum diameter 30.6 mm, die axis 0o, Nancy mint, 1628/(7?); obverse CAROLVS D: G DVX LOTH MARCH D: C B: G (Charles, by God's grace Duke of Lorraine and Marches, Duke of Calabria, Bar, Guelders), bust right of Charles IV, draped and armored, with a small flat collar, cross of Lorraine above; reverse MONETA NOVA NANCEII CVSA (New coinage made in Nancy), coat of arms shield topped with a ducal crown, intersecting the legend at the top, 1628 (1628/7 overdate?) above, on shield upper row from left to right: Hungary, Naples, Jerusalem, Aragon, bottom row from left to right: Anjou, Gelderland, Flanders and Bar; ex Classical Numismatic Group/Seaby; $215.00 SALE PRICE $194.00


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; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00


Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||centenionalis|
In 328 Arelatum was renamed Constantia in honor of Constantine II. After Constantine II was killed in 340, the name reverted to Arelate, only to be changed again in 354 to Constantia by Constantius II. It retained that name, although the mintmark 'AR' appeared on some of its coins even in the fifth century.
RL98421. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Arles 319, LRBC I 330, Depeyrot EMA 39/2, SRCV V 17224, Cohen VII 165, Hunter V -, Choice gVF, excellent centering, much silvering, weight 3.402 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Constantia-Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, as caesar, 328 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse PROVIDENTIAE CAESS (to the foresight of the two princes), campgate, six rows of bricks, two turrets, no doors, star above, S - F across field and TCONST in exergue; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


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


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







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