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1640 countermark on a 1569-N [Montpellier Mint] Charles IX Sol Parisis of the 1st type, Ciani 1379,

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1640 countermark on a 1569-N [Montpellier Mint] Charles IX Sol Parisis of the 1st type, Ciani 1379,
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This item SOLD at 2019 May 02 @ 18:09UTC-4 : AST/EDT

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Host Coin of Charles IX (ruled 1560-1574), Vlack 1h Type - 1640 countermark on a 1569-N [Montpellier Mint] Charles IX Sol Parisis of the 1st type, Ciani 1379, Duplessy 1083, Sombart 4460. Very Good to Fine, a well-used issue, but an exceptionally rare host coin, a type completely unknown to Robert Vlack when he wrote his book, the Sol Parisis had a circulating value of 15 Deniers, as compared to the 12 Deniers of the douzains, and the fleur-de-lys countermark raised their value to 18 Deniers. Traces of the obverse legends are visible, and about half of the ones on the reverse, fortunately including a bit of the mintmark at the center of the cross formed by four C’s on the reverse, and the final digit of the date, which is all that is needed to securely attribute the piece, since the type was struck only 1565-1573, and the only year that ended with a 9 in that range is 1569; the countermark is applied to the obverse. While the Sol Parisis was struck in some quantity, few exist with a 1640 countermark – their size was close enough to the regular douzain issues that they would have invariably been confused with that type in circulation, resulting in a net loss of 3 Deniers if it circulated at the lower value. As such, countermarks on this denomination are excessively rare.