In fact, the origin and allocation of this money were explained by arnold morel-fatio in his article published in the journal of numismatics 1865. This is an imitation of the farthing of Béarn, which was manufactured in the Italian Frinco workshop.
269 + board xi No. The members of the Mazzetti noble family, lords of Frinco had obtained the Duke of Savoy Charles-Emmanuel the right to coin money. From 1581, they took the opportunity to make their small lordship imitations of French coins, Swiss and Italian.This guilty industry lasted for twenty years, until Charles-Emmanuel, tired of complaints from neighbors lords terminates it by order of 20 February 1601. He then enter the material of the mint Frinco and sent to jail all the staff who worked there.
As for Hercules and julius caesar Mazzetti, Frinco lords, they were brought before the courts, and in 1611 they were eventually dispossessed of their stronghold on the orders of Emperor Rodolphe. The Frinco workshop during the period of its activity ranging from 1581 to 1601, imitated several French royal rooms (big and douzains for the most significant currencies, but also small imitated farthings farthings of the neighboring province of Dauphiné ) and papal coins of avignon, and farthings copied on the model of those who were struck in béarn and Navarre. We must believe that Hercules Mazzetti had to find its own interest, even in the case of currencies as small as farthings ... And this at the risk of counterfeiting seeking to pass them to other farthings circulating at the time!Certainly this farthing honoring its Hercules abbreviated name (Mazzetti) but the first three letters of her look, obviously, to better impersonate the hen henri of navarre! For more information on the Italian imitations, see.
Numismatic Review 1865 arnold morel-fatio: Untold currencies Frinco p. 269 and following boards + x and xi, unpublished currencies Passerano p, Unpublished p dezana of currencies.Bulletin of the French Society of Numismatics, in December 1976 p. This rare coin is shown in numismatics magazine 1865 board xi No. E cabinet of medals from the National Library of France, canned 3 identical copies. I am selling a part of my collection: remember to see my other items! The item \The seller is \This article can be shipped worldwide.