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Duchy of Brabant, John III, Ecu d'or la chaise

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Duchy of Brabant, John III, Ecu d'or  la chaise (obverse) Duchy of Brabant, John III, Ecu d'or  la chaise (reverse)

In 1337 the French King Philip VI began to issue a successful gold coin: The ecu d'or la chaise depicting the king sitting on his throne. Soon, two types of gold coins circulated north of the Alps: On the one hand imitations of the fiorino d'oro from Florence, called gulden in the Rhineland; on the other hand the ecu d'or la chaise. Which kind of coin type should the duchy of Brabant now adhere to? John III of Brabant (1312-1355) decided that France was a more important trading partner for his duchy than Germany. And so his decision to have gold coins minted based on the French model was absolutely logical.

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