1740-E Sou Marque. Tours Mint. Vlack-78. Rarity-7. MS-64 (PCGS). Modestly semi-reflective surfaces show nearly full silvering, the side with the date brilliant apart from iridescent olive highlights and the other side lightly toned in rose-gray. Both sides are boldly to sharply defined throughout from a well executed strike. We have offered very few sou marques from the Tours Mint over the years, and with good reason. Only one date from this facility is plentiful, the 1739-E (Vlack-76), due in no small part to a generous mintage of 1,029,400 coins. The next highest mintage goes to the 1740-E, offered here, although survivors are remarkably rare despite the fact that 510,619 pieces were produced. We doubt whether more than a few other examples can rival the present near-Gem in terms of quality or eye appeal.