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Kingdom of France, Charles V, Franc pied

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Kingdom of France, Charles V, Franc  pied (obverse) Kingdom of France, Charles V, Franc  pied (reverse)

The return to solid money after the continuous currency depreciations under his predecessors was part of the French King Charles' V (1364-1380) general policy of reform. At last, his coins had the intrinsic value that their denominations promised. The characteristic coins of his reign were a billon piece of 5 deniers (pennies), a silver gros tournois, and a golden franc pied. The franc pied depicted the king standing under a canopy, clad in armor, and holding a scepter and a sword.

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