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Pure Gold Coin – Relics of New France: Louis XIV 15 Sol – Mintage: 1,000 (2020)

Pure Gold Coin – Relics of New France: Louis XIV 15 Sol – Mintage: 1,000 (2020)

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A 350-year-old design replicated using modern techniques! Order today!

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.

WOW! Add to your collection a gorgeous 99.99% pure gold coin that closely reproduces a Louis XIV 15-sol coin issued in 1670!

Special features:
  • ADD A PIECE OF NEW FRANCE TO YOUR COLLECTION: A historic silver coin from New France 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.
  • ENGRAVED TO LOOK WEATHERED: The coin's aged appearance was made possible by modern engraving techniques, which re-create the effects of time without interfering with the coin's luxurious proof finish.
  • AS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE: Close consultation with the Bank of Canada Museum helped to ensure this version is as historically accurate as possible. There are only 17 known examples in the world and the Bank of Canada Museum has three of them!
  • EVERY DETAIL FROM THE 1670 COIN HAS BEEN CAREFULLY REPLICATED: For historical accuracy, the reverse includes the original "A" (Paris Mint) mint mark beneath the shield and at the top, the rook engraver mark of Jean-Baptiste Dufour.
  • FOR THE LOVE OF THE HOBBY: This exquisite piece is our way of honouring history while celebrating numismatics and the joy of coin collecting.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE: The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.

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.

"This coin is a real tribute to an early period in Canadian history–in fact, there are only a few known examples left today! We worked closely with the Bank of Canada Museum to get the details as accurate as possible." Erica Maga: Product Manager

National Currency Collection,
Bank of Canada Museum,
photography Gord Carter.

National Currency Collection, Bank of Canada Museum, photography Gord Carter.

Did you know…
  • In 1670, King Louis XIV sought to remedy colonial coin shortages by issuing silver pieces in two denominations, 5 sols and 15 sols, and a copper 2 deniers coin. These were designed to be used exclusively in the French colonies in North America – Canada, Acadia, Louisiana and Placentia (Newfoundland) – and could not be circulated in France.
  • But with no value outside the colony, the coinage of 1670 was unpopular with the merchants of New France, who could not use them to pay taxes or purchase European goods. The value was later raised by 1/3 to boost circulation but none were used after 1680.
  • With only 17 examples known (and at least eight are in institutional collections), the Louis XIV 15-sol coin is now regarded as one of the rarest and most valuable coins in Canadian history.

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

Order today!



  • No.176991
  • Mintage1,000
  • Composition99.99% pure gold
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 7.8
  • Diameter (mm) 20
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value10 dollars
  • ArtistSusanna Blunt (obverse)

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