France 1715-A 1/4 ecu
Shown is a quart d'écu aux trois couronnes (quarter écu with three crowns) struck at the Paris mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is the last type of quarter écu struck during the French Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also tenth, half and one écus struck during this period with this design. This date is somewhat scarce; Droulers prices it about 75% higher than the common date (1711-A).
Recorded mintage: 15,255.
Specification: 7.64 g, .917 fine silver, corded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 704, Dr/2 no. 453, KM 380.1.
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- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.