1545, Royal France, Francis I. Scarce Tiny Copper Denier Tournois Coin. VF+/F
Mint Place: Paris? References: Dy.869 Mint Period: 1515-1545 Denomination: Ecu d'or au soleil ("Gold Ecu with Sun") Condition: Weakly struck Fine reverse, crudely struck as usual, otherwise a nice VF+ (for issue) obverse! Material: Copper Diameter: 15mm Weight: 0.8gm
Obverse: French Royal arms three fleur-de-lis symbols within trefoil. Three annullets in outer fields. Legend: (privy mark: royal lis symbol) FRANCISCVS FRANCORVM REX
Reverse: Cross within quatrefoil.
Francis I (French: François Ier; 12 September 1494 – 31 March 1547), was king of France from 1515 until his death.
Francis I is considered to be France's first Renaissance monarch. His reign saw France make immense cultural advances. He was a c ontemporary of Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire, with whom he was allied in a Franco-Ottoman alliance, as well as of Henry VIII of England and of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, his great rivals.
Francis' legacy is generally considered a mixed one. He achieved great cultural feats, but they came at the expense of France's economic well-being.
The persecution of the Protestants was to lead France into decades of civil war, which did not end until 1598 with the Edict of Nantes.
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