France 1687-9 ecu

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30747
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30747 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $2,680. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV Ecu 1687-(9) VF Details (Surface Hairlines) NGC, Rennes mint. Though exhibiting some scattered hairlines, this rarer mint type is seldom encountered in any state of preservation, making the present example a cut above. A deeper cabinet tone further adds to its charm and desirability." This type is listed in Gadoury as the écu à la perruque ("écu of the wig") and in Droulers as the écu drapé à l'antique. Struck 1694-89 from only a few mints and nearly completely restruck in the ensuing reformations, this is one of the rarest of French coin types. Half écus (Gad-181) also exist but are even rarer.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dav-3809, Gad-214, Dr/4 no. 500, Dr/2 no. 390B, KM 255.7.


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  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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