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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Medieval & Modern Coins| > |France| > ME96062
France, Charles VI the Well-Beloved, 1380 - 1422
|France|, |France,| |Charles| |VI| |the| |Well-Beloved,| |1380| |-| |1422|, This first issue is much scarcer than the subsequent issues. Although called Charles the Beloved by his subjects, he was also known as Charles the Mad. Charles's first episode occurred in 1392 during a military expedition. A page dropped the king's lance, which clanged loudly against a steel helmet. Charles shuddered, drew his sword and yelled "Forward against the traitors! They wish to deliver me to the enemy!" The king began swinging his sword at his companions, fighting until one of his chamberlains and a group of soldiers were able to grab him from his mount and lay him on the ground. He then fell into a coma. The king had killed a knight and several other men. Periods of mental illness continued throughout the king's life. During one in 1393, he could not remember his name, did not know his wife, and did not know he was king. During an episode in 1395-96 he claimed he was Saint George. At this time, he recognized all the officers of his household, but did not know his wife nor his children. Sometimes he ran wildly through the corridors of his Parisian residence, and to keep him inside, the entrances were walled up. In 1405, he refused to bathe or change his clothes for five months. His later psychotic episodes were not described in detail, perhaps because of the similarity of his behavior and delusions. There were times when Charles thought that he was made of glass. He had iron rods sewn into his clothes so that he would not shatter if he came into contact with another person.
ME96062. Silver blanc guenar, Duplessy 377, Ciani 506, Roberts 2981, Lafaurie 381, aVF, full legends, toned, scratches, Paris mint, weight 3.191g, maximum diameter 27.1mm, die axis 180o, 1st emission, 11 Mar 1385 - 1389; obverse +KAROLVS:FRANCORV:REX: (Charles, King of France, double pellet stops), arms of France (three lis), double inner border; reverse +SIT:NOME:D N I:BENEDICTV (the name of our Lord be blessed, triple pellet stops), cross pattée, crown in 1st and 4th quarters, lis in 2nd and 3rd quarters; ex Gordon Andreas Singer; scarce; $250.00











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