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Kingdom of France, John II the Good, Franc cheval

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Kingdom of France, John II the Good, Franc  cheval (obverse) Kingdom of France, John II the Good, Franc  cheval (reverse)

Three million cus d'or or 500,000 pound sterling what an inconceivable sum of money! This was what King Edward III of England demanded as a ransom for the French King John the Good (1350-1364), who had been made prisoner at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356. To pay for the ransom, France in 1360 started to mint the franc cheval. The coin was called "franc" because it was to bring freedom to the king (franc = French for free). " cheval" derived from the coins image, which showed the king on a richly caparisoned horse, charging into freedom with his sword raised.

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