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Low Countries. Liège. Jean de Bavière, 1389-1418. Griffon d'or nd; 3.88 g.
Obverse: +IOh'S: DЄ: BΛVΛIΛ: ЄL'C: LЄOD': ?: CO': LOS'S: (double saltire stops), Griffin seated left supporting shield of Bavaria and the Palatinate //
Reverse: +SIT: NOMЄN: DOMINI: BЄNЄDICTVM: X: hOC (double saltire stops), large cross fleury with shield of Bavaria at center, rampant lions in angles.
(c. 1412) NGC, Fr-286, Delm-316 (R3), Chestret-279, Plate XV.
An extremely rare coin from a ruler best known for his patronage of early Renaisssance Flemish Artists like Jan Van Eyk. The dramatic and unique design of this coin is perfectly struck and centered on a round flan.
Mint state. NGC graded MS63+
Chestret records a document of 1416 that speaks of a sum of 115 Florins which it calls "grands griffons d'or," and notes that Simonon records a reference to the type from 1412 hence certainly in circulation by this date.