By Künker GmbH ……
 

Dear Bidders and Coin Enthusiasts,

French numismatics has a lot to offer. First of all, it spans a vast period of time. Celtic tribes were using their own coins from as early as the second century BCE. Under the Romans, the French city of Lugdunum (modern Lyon) replaced Rome as the most important mint for silver and gold coins for several decades. And the coins remained in France in the Early Middle Ages. We know of a plentiful strike by a Merovingian mintmaster. The silver from Melle enabled the Carolingians to start a strictly regulated royal coinage. Since then, virtually every French king issued coins. Taking a close look at them we can watch how the money changed over the centuries.

Although the range of coins struck under the French kings is certainly more extensive than that of the imperial cities and rulers in what is now French territory, the coinage of these “féodales”, or “feudal lords”, is no less fascinating.

If you want to know more about this intriguing coinage, have a good look through our auction catalog 323. We’re offering an extensive collection of French coins and medals spanning the region’s entire history and geography, including the French colonies.

This newsletter provides a little taste of the approximately 850 lots, featuring coins and medals from France in catalog 323.

Many regards from Osnabrück,

Your Künker Team

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Highlights From Auction 323

CELTIC COINS GALLIA - Lot number 2011

Lot number 2011
Celtic. Parisii.
Gold stater circa 60 BCE
Very rare. Very fine.
Estimate: 7,500 euros

Lot number 2026
Merovingian. Mettis (Metz / Moselle).
Gold tremissis.
Very rare. Very fine.
Estimate: 3,000 euros

Lot number 2038
Carolingian. Louis the Pious, 814-840.
Denarius, Melle.
Very rare. Almost extremely fine.
Estimate: 2,500 euros

Lot number 2088
Philip IV. the Fair, 1285-1314.
Florin d’or “à la Reine”, no date (1305).
Very rare. Very fine to extremely fine.
Estimate: 10,000 euros

Lot number 2103
Philip VI., 1328-1350.
Couronne d’or, no date (January 29, 1340).
Extremely rare. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 35,000 euros

Lot number 2187
Henry II., 1547-1559.
Double henri d’or 1552 C, Saint-Lo.
Very rare. Almost extremely fine.
Estimate: 8,000 euros

Lot number 2228
Louis XIII., 1610-1643.
1 franc 1618 A, Paris. Piéfort.
Extremely rare. Very fine.
Estimate: 6,000 euros

Lot number 2267
Louis XIV., 1643-1715.
Double louis d’or aux huit L et aux insignes 1701 A, Paris.
Extremely fine.
Estimate: 10,000 euros

Lot number 2434
Louis XV., 1715-1774.
1/2 ecu de Navarre 1719 R, Orléans.
Very rare. Extremely fine+.
Estimate: 3,000 euros

Lot number 2464
Louis XV., 1774-1793.
Louis d’or aux palmes 1774 A, Paris.
Very rare. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 15,000 euros

Lot number 2521
Napoleon, French Consulate.
5 francs AN 12 (1803/4) A, Paris.
Rare. Extremely fine to FDC.
Estimate: 2,000 euros

Lot number 2578
Louis XVIII, 1814, 1815-1824.
5 francs 1816. Essay in silver, unsigned.
Rare. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 1,500 euros

Lot number 2598
Napoleon in exile.
Bronze medal 1816, unsigned.
Extremely fine to FDC.
Estimate: 200 euros

Lot number 2613
Louis Philippe, 1830-1848.
5 francs 1830 A, Paris.
Extremely fine.
Estimate: 2,000 euros

Lot number 2648
Napoleon III., 1852-1870.
100 francs 1862 BB, Strasbourg.
Only 3,078 specimens struck. Extremely fine to FDC.
Estimate: 5,000 euros

Lot number 2697
French Third Republic, 1870-1940.
10 francs 1889 A, Paris.
Only 100 specimens struck. Proof. NGC PF 64+ Cameo.
Estimate: 7,500 euros

Lot number 2711
French Fifth Republic, since 1958.
10 francs 1987. Piéfort in gold.
Only 25 specimens struck. Proof. NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo.
Estimate: 3,000 euros

Lot number 2747
Monnaie féodales / Oranges.
Frédéric Henri de Nassau, 1625-1647.
2 pistoles, no date.
Very rare. Very fine.
Estimate: 4,000 euros

Lot number 2754
Monnaie féodales / Elsass.
Reichstaler 1665.
Extremely rare. Extremely fine.
Estimate: 25,000 euros

Lot number 2832
French Indochina.
Gold medal by E. A. Oudiné on the Hanoi exhibition of 1887.
Extremely fine.
Estimate: 3,000 euros

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