Duchy of Brabant, John III, Ecu d'or la chaise

In 1337 the French King Philip VI began to issue a successful gold coin: The ecu d'or la chaise depicting the king sitting on his throne. Soon, two types of gold coins circulated north of the Alps: On the one hand imitations of the fiorino d'oro from Florence, called gulden in the Rhineland; on the other hand the ecu d'or la chaise. Which kind of coin type should the duchy of Brabant now adhere to? John III of Brabant (1312-1355) decided that France was a more important trading partner for his duchy than Germany. And so his decision to have gold coins minted based on the French model was absolutely logical.

Year of issue

nach 1337 n. Chr.