France 1688-L 1/4 ecu

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Heritage sale 3004, lot 23844
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23844 in Heritage sale 3012 (Boston, August 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIIII 1/4 Ecu 1688L, MS63 NGC, a superbly struck example with no distracting adjustment marks or other flaws to the planchet. The surfaces display full original mint luster with subtle gold and gray patina. There is one spot behind the bust which appears to be superficial oxidation. Rarely offered type with the quartered shield of France on the reverse." Struck 1686 and 1688 from Lille only, this is a very scarce type. Half écus (Gad-182) also exist and are more available. The Lille mint switched to the "W" mintmark in 1693 and minted coins until 1857.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.4 g, .857 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Claude Hardy.

Catalog reference: Gad-149, KM 260.2.


  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Sale 3012: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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