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Netherlands (Gelderland): "St. John" type goldgulden (florin) of Arnold van Egmond, ca. 1423-1472

Netherlands (Gelderland): "St. John" type goldgulden (florin) of Arnold van Egmond, ca. 1423-1472
lordmarcovan, Dec 27, 2016
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  • Netherlands (Gelderland): "St. John" type gold gulden (florin) of Arnold van Egmond, ca. 1423-1472

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    Obverse: St. John the Baptist, standing and facing, "S.IOHANNES-BABTISTA" (lion).
    Reverse: coats of arms, "+ DVX.ARNOLD'.GEL.Z.IVL.Z.COMIS.Z."

    PCGS Genuine ("Filed Rims- XF Details"), cert. #32089335. Ex-Hans Verschoor (Netherlands), from his rondomons.nl website, 10/21/14. Purchased raw.

    I'd had my eye on a coin of this type for at least six months before I purchased this one, which had a better strike and a nice flan. The toning was a major selling point for me as well. The subsequent PCGS "Genuine/Details" grade was a disappointment. Their "Filed Rims" notation must mean they saw some traces of clipping on the edge, which is fairly common on precious metal hammered medieval coinage. I personally saw no such traces and will likely submit the coin to NGC for a second opinion, now that I have good images from the PCGS TrueViews. I'm hoping it will receive a "straight" grade, but even if it doesn't, I'm fond of this coin and like the toning on it.

    Miscellaneous links:
    PCGS cert verification page (w/TrueView image link)

    Wikipedia links:
    Arnold, Duke of Guelders
    Guelders (historical duchy)
    Gelderland (modern province)
    John the Baptist