French Coins 

Phillip I

France: Royal, Philip I, Denier, Orléans, gateway, rev. cross,  "S" in two quarters.   1.22 gm, 21.2 mm.

Notes: DNW auction 14/03/2018, part lot 986, ex Tony Merson.

Philip I (1052 – 1108), called the Amorous, was King of the Franks from 1060 to his death. His reign, like that of most of the early Capetians, was extraordinarily long for the time. The monarchy began a modest recovery from the low it reached in the reign of his father and he added to the royal demesne the Vexin and Bourges. In 1077, he made peace with William the Conqueror, who gave up attempting the conquest of Brittany. He was succeeded by his son, Louis VI.

£69

Ref # 2228-4505

Henri II, Douzain aux Croissants, Caen, 1551

Obv: HENRICVS. 2. DEI. G. FRANCOR. REX.

Rev: SIT. NOMEN. DNI. BENEDICTVM. 

Henry's reign was marked by wars with Austria, and the persecution of the Protestant Huguenots. Henry II severely punished them, particularly the ministers: burning them at the stake or cutting off their tongues for uttering heresies.

Henry raised the young Mary, Queen of Scots, at his court, hoping to use her ultimately to establish a dynastic claim to Scotland. On 24 April 1558, Henry's fourteen-year-old son Francis was married to Mary in a union intended to give the future king of France not only the throne of Scotland but a claim to the throne of England. 

£33

Ref # 2228-4505

1860 Napolean III, 10 centimes

Obverse: Portrait facing left, inside beaded circle. Lettering around outside, date underneath
Lettering: NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR, 1861
Engraver: Désiré-Albert Barre 

Reverse: Eagle. Mintmark below. Lettering: EMPIRE FRANÇAIS, * DIX CENTIMES *
Mintmark BB = Strasbourg

£3

Ref # LL-11