1350-64 AV Mounton d'Or MS61

Struck during the reign of John II of France, he was also called John the Good (French: Jean le Bon), was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1350 until his death in 1364.

When John II came to power, France was facing several disasters: the Black Death, which caused the death of nearly half of its population; popular revolts known as Jacqueries; free companies (Grandes Compagnies) of routiers who plundered the country; and English aggression that resulted in disastrous military losses, including the Battle of Poitiers of 1356, in which John was captured.

On the obverse is a lamb and cruciform staff with a flying banner. On the reverse is a floriated cross in quadrilobe, fleurs de lis in angles. Friedberg 280; Duplessy 291; Ciani 354. A deep struck and gorgeous example of this condition rarity.


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