France 1705-S ecu

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30748
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30748 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,170. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV Ecu 1705-S AU55 NGC. This mysterious example bears the mintmark 'S' and the date 1705, a combination unlisted in KM; consequently it is the only one graded across PCGS and NGC, and potentially unique. Its grade owes far more to its soft striking than to any particular wear, and is nonetheless a beautiful example, awash with light gold toning, hinting at a deeper red in places. Merits the utmost attention from collectors for its rarity and significance." Shown is a écu aux huit L, deuxieme type (écu with 8 L's, 2nd type) struck for France at the Reims mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. The type was struck until 1709; there are also quarter and half écus struck during this period with this design. This date is a better date.

Recorded mintage: 15,648, all fn.

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

Catalog reference: Dav-1320, Dr/4 no. 518, Dr/2 no. 436, Gad-224.


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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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