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This gorgeous 18K Ring with a sterling silver shank is set with a genuine Ancient French Coin from Toulouse.
FRANCE, Provincial. Toulouse. Raymond V-VII. 1148–1249. AR Obol (14.5mm, 0.47
g, 7h). + RAMON CO(ME)S (S sideways), cross pattée; S in second quarter / + TOLOSΛ
CIVI (S sideways), P A X clockwise at the center.
The Languedoc region of France, with its capital at Toulouse, was a major hub of the Cathar heresy, which Pope Innocent III was determined to stamp out. The Pope sent his
legate to the town of Beziers, where heresy was considered rampant; the legate slaughtered everyone in the town, man woman and child. When asked how he could tell the true
believers from the heretics, he answered: “Kill them all, and God will sort them out.” Count Raymond VI, whose coins some of these are, was excommunicated by the Pope for
being too lenient with the Cathars.