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The Coinage of Bergerac, Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster
(Lord of Bergerac 1347-1361, Earl of Lancaster 1345-1351, Duke of Lancaster 1351–1361)
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SF9 - Aquitaine, Bergerac, Henry of Grosmont, as Earl of Lancaster and Lord of Bergerac (1347-1361), Coinage as ‘COMES’ (Earl – 1347-51), Silver Gros à la couronne, 1.89g., 25mm, Bergerac mint (Dordogne), cross pattée within two circles of legend, rev., crown with annulet below, pellet either side, (WF.306F 6/b; E.130 var.; Boud.-; P d’A 2686; S.8108), very rare (type R, subtype R2), only, weak in parts otherwise almost very fine for issue. $2750

 Ex Steve Ford Collection.

Specimens of the coinage of Bergerac are among the most treasured by serious collectors of the Anglo-Gallic series. This type was not represented in the Elias collection.

As a reward for his successful military exploits in France, Henry of Grosmont (a great great great grandson of king John), was given the Lordship of Bergerac by Edward III. Along with the town and castle came the right to strike money and enjoy the profit of the mint.

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SF10 - Aquitaine, Bergerac, Henry of Grosmont, as Earl of Lancaster and Lord of Bergerac (1347-1361), Coinage as ‘COMES’ (Earl – 1347-51), Billon Double à la couronne, 1.52g., 23mm, Bergerac mint (Dordogne), LAN COME across field, legend around, rev., cross calvary, (WF.310; E.132 bis.; S.8112), extremely rare (R3), weak in parts otherwise almost very fine for issue. $4750

 Ex Steve Ford Collection.

A very reasonable specimen of an extremely rare coinage that is often poorly struck on bad metal. Only 4 other specimens are believed to have been sold publically since 1990.

This is an imitation of Withers Ford 109 which is itself an imitation of the double parisis of Philippe VI (Duplessy 270) issued 12 April 1350. The coin must have been struck at some time between 12 April 1350 and 6 March 1351 when Henry was elevated to Duke of Lancaster.