This is a nice medieval gold coin issued by the French King Charles VI (the Mad) 1380 - 1422 A.D.
The obverse depicts the royal arms of France surmounted with a crown. The obverse legend reads: + KAROLVS : DЄI : GRACIA : FRAnCORVM : RЄX, (Charles by the Grace of God King of France)
The reverse of the coin displays Floriated cross in a quadrilobe, the legend reads: + XPC * VIИCIT * XPC * RЄGИAT * XPC * IИPЄRAT, (Christ overcomes, Christ reigns, Christ commands)
This coin would have been minted in France during the Hundred Years War with England, it came from a hoard of gold coins probably buried for safety during this conflict.
It is a great looking coin that is full of history and character!
DENOMINATION: Ecu d'or
CULTURE: Medieval France
DATE: 1380 - 1422 A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold 22k
SIZE: 29.45mm diameter
WEIGHT: 3.87 grams
ATTRIBUTION: Fr# 291, Dy# 369A
PROVENANCE: Formerly in the Winstein collection, Luxembourg.
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