France 1687-9 ecu
This specimen was lot 30747 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $2,680. The catalog description 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.
- Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.