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Kingdom of France, Philip VI of Valois, Ecu d'or la chaise

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Kingdom of France, Philip VI of Valois, Ecu d'or  la chaise (obverse) Kingdom of France, Philip VI of Valois, Ecu d'or  la chaise (reverse)

During his 22 years in power, King Philip IV of France (1328-1350) issued ten different types of gold coins altogether. They show the king holding a scepter, sword or shield, either standing or seated on a throne. What we see here is a so-called cu d'or la chaise. The king sits on a high, richly decorated throne with Gothic pinnacles. He holds his sword in one hand, while the other lays on the French fleur-de-lis shield. The inscription reads PHILIPPVS DEI GRA FRANCORVM REX (Philip, King of France by the grace of God). The reverse shows a cross fleury and the inscription XPC VINCIT XPC REGNAT XPC IMPERAT: Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat (Christ prevails, Christ reigns, Christ commands).

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