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    Templar Knights Era Cross & Cathedral Silver French Coin 14K Gold Necklace | Artifact #4101

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    The Cross & Cathedral Denier Tournois - The Shining Silver Coin of French Crusaders

    Please Note: This is an authentic Frankish Crusade-Era Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

    Knights on horseback… maidens in flowing robes… tapestries adorning the walls of fairy-tale castles – it’s easy to see why medieval Europe has captured our imagination from childhood. It is from this world – a world filled with daring feats of bravery, fascinating political intrigue, and stunning artistic developments – that our Coins of Medieval France collection come.

    Rare survivors of one of the most pivotal times in world history, these delicate, hand-hammered silver pennies portray a medieval cathedral on one side, and on the other, the Cross of Christ - the holy symbol of Christian Crusaders.

    Cross and Cathedral denier hoards are found along the crusader and pilgrims trails to the Holy Land, especially in Syria, Palestine and more recently in Cilicia (southern Turkey). The coins in our collection were part of a hoard discovered along the Pilgrim Trail many years ago. They had been in a private collection until we acquired them. These coins were used by one of the crusading knights or pilgrims, and amazingly, they have survived to tell us their story.

    Your Cross & Cathedral Denier Tournois:

    • Denomination: Denier Tournois
    • Ruler: Philip IV the Fair (1285-1314)
    • Date: 1290 - 1295 AD
    • Obverse (Front): The Cross of Christ
    • Reverse (Back): Medieval Cathedral
    • Coin Metal: Silver
    • Bezel Metal: 14K
    • Metal Smith: Robert Lewis Knecht
    • Articulating Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to 5.8mm
    • Size including bezel: 7/8” Across, 1 1/8” Tall - the diameter of a nickel

    Robert's Notes: This is an exquisite, virtually uncirculated coin. It is easy to read "PHILIPPVS" along the top edge of the cross side. It is only in this amazing condition due to being secreted away for over 700 years. This is the type and date of coins that would be found in a Templar Knight's pouch.

    What kind of coins did the Templar Knights use?

    We are often asked this question... and it's a good one! This coin is one of them. The Knights Templar were initially created to protect pilgrims traveling back and forth from Europe to Jerusalem. This type of coin most certainly would have been in their pouches. An amazing survivor of the Pilgrim Trails of the Holy Land.

    Each one of these precious survivors is a work of art in its own right. Long lost, each has been rediscovered and has emerged from our Conservation Lab where it has been stabilized and conserved for generations to cherish.

    How Your Medieval French Coin Came to Be: To understand where these beautiful French coins came from, you have to go back a few hundred years… to someone you’ve heard of: Charlemagne (768-814)!
    Also called Charles the Great, and sometimes the “Father of Europe,” Charlemagne was King of the Franks, which region became known as the Carolingian Empire. In just a few short years, he united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire, and laid the foundations for modern France and Germany. It was Charlemagne, together with an English counterpart, who created the medieval hand-hammered silver penny.
    The standard coin of what we call the “Dark Ages” the silver penny became a widespread currency, but it was often “debased” (the practice of making the coins with less silver than usual) and of unreliable value. And then, as centuries passed, the world began to change – by the 1300s the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration were beginning to dawn, trade was expanding, and Europe needed larger coins of reliable purity. New sources of silver and gold were discovered, and the creation of hand-hammered currency blossomed into the large, exquisite coins of late medieval France you see pictured here.
    Your Medieval French Coin Pendant Comes Complete with: 
    • Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
    • A 6-Page, Full Color, Customized Photo Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by April Knecht and Robert Lewis Knecht
    • Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
    • Mini Museum Display for when you are not wearing your treasure
    • A Treasure Jewelry Care Card