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English actress Emilia Clarke has been nominated and won multiple awards for her film and television work. She was named as a Star of Tomorrow by film magazine Screen International for her role in the Syfy television film Triassic Attack (2010). Clarke rose to international prominence for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy drama television show Game of Thrones (2011–2019). She received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, three for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the final season. For her charitable work, Clarke won a Shorty Award. Time named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019. (Full list...)

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1641 gold écu, minted in the reign of Louis XIII
1784 silver écu, minted in the reign of Louis XVI

The écu was a gold and silver coinage system introduced in France in 1266 by Louis IX. It was so called because its design included the French coat of arms. The silver coin proved popular but the gold did not, because of the unrealistic ratio of 1:10 used, which did not properly reflect the metals' exchange rate. The écu remained in use for 500 years. Depicted here are two écu coins, the first made of gold and minted in 1641, in the reign of Louis XIII, and the second made of silver and minted in 1784, in the reign of Louis XVI. Between these two dates, exchange rates were unstable, new coins were issued, and existing ones revalued periodically.

Coin design credit: Kingdom of France; photographed by the National Numismatic Collection

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