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What is a piedfort?

May 27, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Many collectors are fascinated by piedforts (pronounced pee-ay-fore), unusually thick and heavy coins that take their name from French words meaning ‘heavy weight’.

French monarchs from the 12th century are known to have bestowed treasured piedforts on visiting dignitaries. At about double the thickness and double the weight, the coins served as powerful physical reminders of the richness of the kingdom and the skill of its artisans.

French coiners also made piedforts as patterns, or trial pieces. This activity began in England under Edward I (r. 1207 – 1307), the patterns’ extraordinary thickness distinguishing them as original test models. Thought to have Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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