Kingdom of Hungary, Sigismund of Luxemburg, Florint

This Hungarian goldgulden shows Saint Ladislaus. He was king of Hungary (1387-1437) and went down in Hungarian history as the ideal king. Ladislaus was canonized in 1192. The Hungarian goldguldens were called florint and harked back to the florens, the important and widely spread golden coins from Florence. Thanks to the Hungarian gold mines, florints were issued in large numbers, just as the equally frequent Bohemian gold coins; thence both goldguldens became the major trade coins of North and Western Europe. While the Hungarian pieces, along with the crest on the obverse, always bore Saint Ladislaus, the Bohemian guldens depicted the Bohemian patron saint Wenceslaus.