Issued by King Louis XIV in 1670, the 15-sol coin of the French regime has been brought back to life on this premium collectible. We used modern techniques to faithfully re-create its crowned shield design on the reverse of a 99.99% pure gold coin. And since this year is the original coin’s 350th anniversary, we used engraving techniques to give our modern version a more time-worn appearance.
The reverse is a modern-day version of the Louis XIV 15-sol coin issued in 1670 for exclusive use in the French colonies in North America. The design features the Royal arms of France (a shield with three fleurs-de-lis) ensigned by the royal crown, and the Latin legend “GLORIAM REGNI TVI DICENT” (“They shall speak of the glory of Thy Kingdom”). For historical accuracy, the reverse includes the original “A” (Paris Mint) mint mark beneath the shield and, in the 12 o’clock position, a rook (castle) mark representing Chief Engraver Jean-Baptiste Dufour, who engraved the original reverse. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
- Add a piece of New France to your collection. A historic silver coin from the New France era has been carefully re-created on this premium collectible crafted from 99.99% pure gold.
- A 350th anniversary: The reverse is a faithful reproduction of one of the rarest pieces from Canada’s colonial and numismatic past: the Louis XIV 15-sol coin issued in 1670.
- History and heritage: Until now, this design has never been featured on a coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint.
Composition: 99.99% pure gold
Weight: 7.8 g
Diameter: 20 mm
Face Value: $10
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