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Gold florins of the Medieval Hungary (1301-1567) collector series: The Gold Florin of Louis I
The series started in 2012 of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank continues with the gold collector coin commemorating the gold issues of Louis I (the Great) of Hungary (1342-1382). The motifs on Hungarian gold coins underwent significant changes under the reign of Louis I. The first coins issued by him were identical in appearance to the coins issued by his father, Charles I. Later the fleur-de-lis on the obverse was replaced by an escutcheon party per pale with the arms of Hungary and the house of Anjou, with the motif of St.John the Baptist remaining on the reverse. The third version became a coin, the reverse of which depicted Hungarian King Saint Ladislaus - revered by Louis I - with his main attribute, the battle-axe (and the coat-of-arms remained on the reverse). With some variations, this form of the coin continued to be minted until as late as the end of the 16th century. The gold collector coin of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank depicts motives of this final version with King St. Ladislaus.
The technical parameters of the collector coin are matching those of the historical piece (smooth edge), plus quadruple-weight piefort versions of it were issued in a very limited mintage of 500 pieces with edge lettering.
This piefort coin is the quadruple-weight version of the 2013. Golden Florin of King Louis I, one ducat weight gold coin. The piefort coin bears the legend „+LODOVICI ∙ DEI ∙ GRATIA ∙ REGIS ∙ UNGARIAE" (The normal coins have no edge lettering.)
The first part of the series issued in 2012 depicts the golden florin of Charles I, of which piefort version is also available.
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