1422-61 AV Royal d'Or MS62

Struck during the reign of Charles VII of France, called The Victorious, or The Well-Served, Charles was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1422 to his death in 1461.

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, Charles VII inherited the throne of France under desperate circumstances. Forces of the Kingdom of England and the Duchy of Burgundy occupied Guyenne and northern France, including Paris, the most populous city, and Reims, the city in which the French kings were traditionally crowned. In addition, his father Charles VI had disinherited him in 1420 and recognized Henry V of England and his heirs as the legitimate successors to the French crown instead. At the same time, a civil war raged in France between the Armagnacs (supporters of the House of Valois) and the Burgundian party (supporters of the House of Valois-Burgundy allied to the English).

Struck at the La Rochelle mint. On the obverse, the King is standing facing, holding a staff and scepter surmounted by Hand of Justice; seven lis to left and four to the right. On the reverse is a voided short cross potent over a cross fleurée; at center is a pellet within polylobe; lis and a crown alternating in angles; all within polylobe, with a crown in each spandrel. Fr.-303; Dup.-455a; Ciani-626. Superbly struck with original luster and very rare in this condition.


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