What is a “Piedfort” Coin - Royal Canadian Mint
What is a “Piedfort” Coin
A "piedfort "coin is an unusually thick coin. The weight and thickness of piedfort coins is twice that of other coins of the same diameter and pattern. A "piedfort" coin can be struck in gold, silver or other metals.
France and Great Britain were the first to record "piedfort" coins during the Middle Ages. The first French "piedforts" appeared during the 12th century. The name is derived from the French word meaning "heavy foot".
"Piedforts" are usually not circulated and are basically struck only for collectors, investors and dignitaries.
An example of a "piedfort" coin is the 2016 $25 silver "piedfort" coin minted by the Royal Canadian Mint - The Coat of Arms of Canada.