Coinages by Louis XIV of France

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A coin of Louis XIV (reign: 1643-1715), also known as the Sun King, was a representation of the French currency during his reign. These coins featured the portrait of Louis XIV on one side, often depicted in a regal manner wearing a crown or a laurel wreath.

The reverse side of the coin typically displayed the coat of arms or other symbolic elements associated with the French monarchy, including Palace of Versailles and Fleur-de-lis (a decorative lily often associated with French royalty and saints of France).

These coins were minted in various denominations and served as a form of currency in France during the 17th and early 18th centuries. They are now sought-after items by collectors for their historical and numismatic value.


“Ludovicus Magnus Rex Christianissimus” is a Latin phrase that translates to “Louis the Great, Most Christian King.” This phrase was commonly used to refer to Louis XIV of France, who reigned from 1643 to 1715. It reflects the high regard and the divine legitimacy associated with his rule. “Ludovicus” is the Latin form of Louis, “Magnus” means “Great,” “Rex” means “King,” and “Christianissimus” means “Most Christian.”

The Latin phrase highlights Louis XIV’s grandeur, authority, and his strong devotion to the Catholic faith, emphasizing his role as the protector and champion of Christianity in France.

Silver coin of Louis XIV (reign: 1643-1715), dated 1674

Obverse. The Latin inscription is LVDOVICVS XIIII D[EI] GRA[TIA] (“Louis XIV, by the grace of God”). Reverse. The Latin inscription is FRAN[CIÆ] ET NAVARRÆ REX 1674 (“King of France and of Navarre, 1674”).