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1640 countermark on a Charles VII Blanc a la Couronne, Ciani 688, Duplessy 519

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1640 countermark on a Charles VII Blanc a la Couronne, Ciani 688, Duplessy 519
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Host Coin of Charles VII (ruled 1422-1461), Vlack Unlisted Type - 1640 countermark on a Charles VII Blanc a la Couronne, Ciani 688, Duplessy 519. 1st Emission, authorized January 28, 1436. Fine or so, the grade more or less irrelevant since this type is completely unlisted as a host coin in the Vlack book and is one of just two examples currently known to exist on a coin from this ruler. The countermark is somewhat weakly impressed at the left obverse. Darker grey, some light chipping at the edges, not unexpected for a coin that was already two centuries old when it was countermarked. Completely unknown to and unlisted by Robert A. Vlack in his work, which is curious since this is the only gap in his listing of host coins from 1380 to 1610. Vlack lists Henry VI of England, who was also the disputed King of France from 1422-1453, but completely omits Charles VII, who faced a difficult reign, having been disinherited by his father, Charles VI in 1420 (the reason Henry VI of England assumed the title, easily done since British forces occupied Paris and most of the north of France at the time). The tide turned in 1429 when Joan of Arc led French forces in the battle at Orleans, English abandoning France shortly thereafter, and Charles who was technically still Dauphin, crowned King at Reims a month later. Of the highest rarity and an opportunity the specialist should not pass up.