France 1714-9 ecu
This specimen was lot 32758 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $780. The catalog description noted, "Louis XIV Ecu 1714-(9) MS61 NGC, Rennes mint. A genuinely stunning quality of strike for the issue, both obverse and reverse balancing the flashy silvery-white with an amber-golden glow, with a scattering of adjustment marks at the centers." Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes (écu with three crowns) struck at the Rennes mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is the last type of écu struck in France during the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/10, 1/4 and half écus struck during this period with this design. This date is somewhat common.
Recorded mintage: 463,492.
Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roéttiers.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450, KM 386.23, Dav-1324.
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