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313, Lot: 585. Estimate $150.
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LOW COUNTRIES, Vlaanderen (Flanders). Lodewijk II van Nevers (van Crécy). 1322-1346. AR Demi-gros (22mm, 1.98 g, 5h). Gand (or Alost). Struck circa 1334-1337. LVDOVIC : COMES FLAD, long cross; lions and eagles in quarters / + MOnETA : GAnDEnSIS, lion rampant left in tressure of six arches. Elsen 5; Vanhoudt G 2573; De Mey, Flanders 125 var. (legend); Van Gelder 2573; Boudeau 2216; Gaillard 187; Roberts 8133. Good VF, toned, usual areas of weak strike.


Ex iNumis 8 (20 March 2009), lot 795.

Lodewijk II succeeded his father, Lodewijk I, as count of Flanders in 1322. He was related to the French crown by marriage to Margaret of France, the second daughter of King Philippe V and Joan II, Countess of Burgundy. Much of his early reign was spent fighting against peasant rebellions within Flanders, which was brought about by his high taxation and pro-French policies. Twice he was forced to flee to France, and only was able to return with the help of French armies. These early rebellions were finally put down in the Battle of Cassel in 1328. Over the next decade, Lodewijk continued his unpopular pro-French policies, even though the county became economically dependent on its wool trade with France's enemy, England. Eventually, a new rebellion was formed under Jacob van Artevelde, which forced Lodewijk to flee to France in 1339, where he would remain until his death at the Battle of Crécy in 1346.