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Kingdom of France, Charles VI, Ecu d'or la couronne

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Kingdom of France, Charles VI, Ecu d'or  la couronne (obverse) Kingdom of France, Charles VI, Ecu d'or  la couronne (reverse)

With the cu la couronne, introduced in 1385, the French gold coins faded into insignificance. Those cus 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 cu la couronne equaled 22 sols and 6 deniers. Our cu dates from the year 1388, when the 2nd emission of these coins was issued. Compared to the 1st emission, their weight was reduced from about 4 grams to 3.9 grams. Needless to say, that their value remained the same. Many more emissions were to follow, the coins of each being somewhat lighter than the ones before. Toward the end of Charles reign, in 1420, the 8th emission was issued; at that time, the weight of the cu la couronne had dropped to about 3.7 grams.

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