FRANCE PUY bishops denier 11th-13th centuries


FRANCE, PUY, bishops, denier, no date (11th-13th centuries), Obverse: cross, fragmentary letters around, Reverse: 6-petal flower, fragmentary letters around, silver, 18mm, 0.63g, R4434, cleaned F

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Puy was a region in southern central France. It was a Catholic diocese from at least the 8th century, legends have its Christian orgins in Roman times. In medieval times it was a pilgimage site, It became rich on donations and business and made political connections. The diocese was dissolved by Napoleon and reconstituted after the Bourbon restoration.

France was ancient Gaul. The Romans were active, then the Merovingian kings maintained a vassal relationship with the Byzantine Empire until the advent of Charlemagne. France diverged from Germany thereafter, going through a period of feudal decentralization. A series of powerful kings gradually brought into being the modern country.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of anarchy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe, for our purposes stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia, even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia, probably not.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.