Kingdom of France, Jean II le Bon, 1350-1364, Franc à cheval nd, NGC graded Top Pop


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Kingdom of France. Jean II le Bon, 1350-1364. Franc à cheval nd (1360), 3,88 g.
Obverse: IOHANNES: DEI: GRACIA: FRANCORV: REX. Le roi à cheval, galopant à gauche, l'épée haute, coiffé d'un heaume couronné sommé d'un lis, portant par-dessus sa cotte de mailles une cotte d'armes fleurdelisée ; le caparaçon du cheval est fleurdelisé //
Reverse: + XPC* VINCIT* XPC* REGNAT* XPC* IMPERAT. Croix feuillue avec quadrilobe en cœur, dans un petit quadrilobe anglé, orné de palmettes et cantonné de quatre trèfles évidés.

Dy.294 - Fr.279 ;

Extremely rare in this near gem grade. Tied with one other coin as the highest graded, none higher. With an exceptionally strong even strike, perfectly centred with gleaming fields.

Top Pop NGC MS 64


This coin has a most unusual design element with the horse appearing to leap into the centre of the flan, its rear hooves extended over the dotted border, though the front hooves are behind the dotted border - quite unlike the vast majority of other franc a cheval coins. I have never seen this accounted for - or even mentioned - in any reference.

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