Avignon (1362-70) florin Fr-29
This florin was minted in Avignon, in southern France, while the Popes (Urban V in this case) were in residence there while fleeing political turmoil in Rome. It is not rare but scarcer that contemporary Roman senatorial issues (Fr-2). The fleur-de-lys on the reverse is copied from the Florentine florin.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-29, Ber-201.
- Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.