(1422 -1514) French 15th - 16th century écu d'argent White Crown Coin
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A reproduction of a French 15th century écu d'argent Blanc à la couronne White Crown coin.
This style of coin was minted for most of the 15th century with very little variation by the French kings of the Capetian Dynasty (House of Valois) during the following periods: Charles VII (1422-1461), Louis XI (1461-1483), Charles VIII (1483-1498), Louis XII (1498-1514)
The écu, Latin for "shield" was a medieval coin type named after the distinctive shield design on the reverse of the coin and was first minted by King Louis IX In the 13th century after the crusades.
The first écu coins the écu d'or were made from gold in approximately 1250. Later a a silver écu was minted which was worth about the same as a denier.
Over time, though, the écu slowly became devalued. The coins got smaller and smaller. Eventually, the (silver écu) came onto the scene, since it was no longer worth it to make these coins out of gold.
The face of the coin features a cross and fleur-de-lis with crowns and Latin inscription. The reverse of the coin three crowns and fleur-de-lis which was the coat of arms of the French and Burgundian kings at the time.
These coins are hand stamped by a passionate reenactor who performs historical coin minting demonstrations. As each coin is hand stamped small variations may exist adding to the hand made character of the coins.
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