France, Charles VI Gold Hammered Écu d’or à la couronne
First emission, from 11 March 1385, Le Puy (star). Obverse: Crowned arms of France, with beaded circles and legend surrounding: + KΛROLVS : DЄI : GRΛCIΛ : FRΛnCORVM : RЄX
Reverse: Cross fleurée, a star in the center; all within a quadrilobe with lis at terminals and crowns in spandrels, with beaded circles and legend surrounding: + XPC ★ VIHCIT ★ XPC ★ RЄGIHΛT ★ XPC ★IHPЄRΛ
4.1 grams, 28 mm in diameter.
A highly lustrous and attractive example, showing good clear legends, much as struck, on a large full flan
*With the écu à la couronne, introduced in 1385, the French gold coins faded into insignificance. Those écus had about the same weight as their forerunners, the golden francs, and were all the same worth more. While a franc had held 20 sols tournois, the écu à la couronne equaled 22 sols and 6 deniers.
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