Ecu (Currency)

  • Medieval Era
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

A “coinage” used in The Middle Ages, The Ecu (or Shield), was minted in France around 1266, under commission of King Philip VI. Called a “Shield” due to the coin bearing the Coat of Arms of Philip (and his Throne), The Ecu weighed around 5.0 grams. They had very small Gold amounts mixed in. From 1380 forward The Ecu (and similar types in England) – were called “Crowns” (due to the Royal associations).