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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a French gold coin (6 or 7 g of pure gold). It was first struck in 1640 during the reign of Louis XIII, in whose honor it was named. The coin was issued until 1795.
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