Medieval France Jean le Bon Mouton d'Or  1350 to 1364
Medieval France Jean le Bon Mouton d'Or 1350 to 1364

Your father is correct, Andy. Your coin is from France and it dates back to the time of Jean le Bon (John the Good), king of France, around 1350.

In the Bible, Jesus Christ is called the 'Lamb of God' since His crucifixion parallels the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament. The sheep with halo and banner represents that Lamb, and this coin is often called the 'Lamb of God Mouton d'Or,' where Mouton is the denomination and d'Or means 'of gold.' There are other Moutons d'Or but this one is the most common. They are all very valuable.


The coin in our picture comes from Heritage Auctions where it sold for $1650 US dollars in 2011. It is in beautiful condition and this adds a lot of value to the piece. More worn coins would be worth less:

worn: $800 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1200
well preserved: $2400

If you have one of these coins, take it to a knowledgeable collector or a professional coin dealer for an in-person appraisal. If you like, start an e-mail exchange with CoinQuest and send us pictures of your specific coin. We can give a decent estimate of value and recommend next steps for the care of your coin.

Coin: 14893 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: andy, Thu, 11-Jul-2013 21:52:54 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 12-Jul-2013 13:30:28 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sun, 28-Jun-2015 01:58:57 GMT
Requester description: it has a ram or a sheep on it with a circal the consits of two thin lines around its head and some sort of flag pole running from top to bottom of the coin in the middle of the animal and on the back it has a 4 way symbal i cant make any sense on the lettering on it whatsoever due to lck of knowledge, my father tells me it is french. from the year 1200 it would appear that when pressed they had very little tech to do so and the edges are bad but makes it look that much better. oh and its pure gold weighty and not the shiney stuff you get now days unknown
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I have very old item bearing similar lamb image in stone plus minus thirty five millimetres by twenty five millimetres and have been trying to establish origins and purpose. Item is oval and flat like a coin and obviously hand crafted, not mass produced. Could it be early coin or later Agnus Dei medallion? - Ferreira
Ferreira -- Our web site is set up to answer inquiries using a comprehensive form. The form gives us most, if not all, of the information we need to identify and evaluate a coin (but sometimes we need pictures). Please submit your request through our form. It is generally available (but not always) after you do a search for your coin. - CoinQuest (Paul)




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