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Triton XXI, Lot: 1042. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

FRANCE, Provincial. Aquitaine (duché). Charles de France. 1469-1472. AV Hardi d’or (27mm, 3.37 g, 5h). Différent: ship. (ship) * KΛROLVS * DVX + * Λ*QVITAnIЄ, half-length figure of Edward facing, wearing fillet and holding sword and raising hand in benediction / (ship) XPC VInCIT XPC RЄGnΛT XPC InPЄRΛT *, arched cross quernée, with quatrefoil at center and leopards and lis alternating in angles; all within tressure of arches. Duplessey, Féodales 1149; Poey d’Avant 3144; Friedberg 20. Near EF. Rare.

After the death of Charles VII, the succession was disputed between Louis XI, the eldest son, and Charles, the youngest. Though the disagreement resulted in few major battles, it was a continued source of unrest between the monarch, his brother, and the nobles, until Louis reconciled with his brother, granting him the duchy of Aquitaine as a compromise. The coins issued by Charles for this territory are the last of a series that includes many of the varied and impressive issues of the Anglo-Gallic series, with this coin harkening back to a type commonly used by Edward the Black Prince.