1380-1422 Charles VI AV Ecu d'Or NGC MS65

Crowned arms of France / Floriated cross in quadrilobe, crown in angles. Fr.-291; Duplessy 369. Incredible strike and superb original luster on this gem mint state early hammered French piece. 

Charles VI (3 December 1368 – 21 October 1422), called the Beloved and the Mad was King of France from 1380 to his death. He was a member of the House of Valois. Charles VI was only 11 when he inherited the throne in the midst of the Hundred Years' War. The government was entrusted to his four uncles. Although the royal age of majority was fixed at 14, the dukes maintained their grip on Charles until he took power at the age of 21.

By his mid-20s, Charles' bouts of insanity became more frequent and of longer duration. During these attacks, he had delusions, believing he was made of glass or denying he had a wife and children.  He could also attack servants or run until exhaustion, wailing that he was threatened by his enemies. Unable to concentrate or make decisions, political power was taken away from him by the princes of the blood, which would cause much chaos and conflict in France. When Charles VI died, he was succeeded by his son Charles VII, who found the Valois cause in a desperate situation.

Additional Rarity: A Philippe IV (1285-1314) gold Chaise d'or ND MS65 sold at auction on January 7, 2018 for $26,400.