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KINGS OF FRANCE Philippe VI de Valois (1328-1350). AV Lion d'or. Struck from 31 October 1338 4.86g; 30mm; 6h.
Obverse: PҺ' ⁝ DЄI ⁝ GRA ◦ ◦ FRANC ⁝ RЄX ◦, Philippe seated facing within Gothic portico, holding lis-tipped sceptre in each hand; at feet, lion couchant to left, head facing //
Reverse: ✠ ⁝ XP'C ⁝ VIꞂCIT ⁝ XP'C ⁝ RЄGNAT ⁝ XP'C ⁝ IИPЄRAT, cross quadrilobée, feuillue, and fleurdelisée; quadrilobe in centre of cross; all within quadrilobe, arcs ending in trefoils; crown in each spandrel.
Duplessy 250; Ciani 290; Friedberg 265.
Mint state. NGC graded MS63+
Ex Maison Palombo SA, 6 May 2006, lot 189
A very rare coin of great beauty with a near perfect strike. Unusually good detail on the King's face. Very rare in any grade, this is the cleanest with the best strike of all specimens graded but the PCGS MS 63 which sold at MDC Monaco in 2019 for $30,000 which is similar in quality to this specimen.