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The Franc: A Coin, A Currency, and Orphan
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The Franc: A Coin, A Currency, and Orphan
By Gilles Bransbourg

The Franc is one of the oldest and most widespread currency units in the world, currently the official currency of 25 states or autonomous territories. However, the Franc was never intended to become the name of a currency until the French kingdom issued a specific gold piece to gather the massive ransom needed to free King John II the Good, prisoner of the English since the disastrous Battle of Poitiers in 1356. He was depicted in full armor on a horse, with the legend Johannes Dei Gracia Francoru(m) Rex. From “Francoru(m)” came “Franc”. This famed coin is called the Franc…

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The Denier Tournois
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The Denier Tournois
By David Yoon

One manifestation of the centralization of states is the standardization of measures, and no system of measurement is of more…

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The Principality of Arches
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The Principality of Arches
By The American Numismatic Society

A small group of coins currently in our photography queue raise some interesting issues regarding what constitutes a country that…

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