Franc à Cheval of John the Good


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The franc à cheval represents the restoration of sound coinage after the treaty of Brétigny between France and England. The mounted rider is derived from the seal types used by the French kings and nobility from the early twelfth century. The word franc (free) is possibly a punning allusion to the liberation of John II from English captivity.

Franc à Cheval of John the Good, Gold, French

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