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    Philippe IV, the Fair (1285-1314) gold Petit Royal d'Or (Florin d'Or) ND (August 1290) XF40 NGC, Fr-255, Ciani-193, Dup-207. 3.50gm. Scattered with contact marks on a slightly wavy flan, this example has seen some handling, but its devices and legends retain near-full detail and the surfaces are clearly unaltered. Its imagery puts one in mind of the legendary, though ultimately short-lived gold 'Penny' of 20 Pence issued by Henry III of England, the contemporary to this type. Unlike Henry's failed experiment, however, this French 'Florin' served as the first French gold coin to reach widespread circulation due to its high quality and parity with the Florentine Florin--an ironic feat for the monarch known throughout history as the "faux-monnayeur" for frequently debasing the kingdom's coinage. Extremely rare and almost never seen at auction, one of the hardest pieces of French medieval gold to find, produced before the Franco-Flemish War necessitated debasement of the coinage.

    Estimate: $8,500 - $10,000.

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    109 East 42nd Street
    Empire State Ballroom I
    New York, NY 10017

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