France 1712-T 1/20 ecu

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Sincona sale 59, lot 1361
This specimen was lot 1361 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it sold for 150 CHF (about US$182 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 1/20 Ecu aux trois couronnes 1712 T, Nantes. Selten. Sehr schön. Leicht justiert. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, twentieth écu of the three crowns of 1712, Nantes mint. Rare, Very fine, Minor adjustment marks.)"
This diminutive coin, called a vingtième d'écu aux trois couronnes, was the French equivalent of a half dime. This coin was originally tariffed at 4 sols 7½ deniers, then 5 sols, then 3 sols 6 deniers in 1715. After the reform of 1726, the 1/20 écu = 6 sols. The type was struck 1710-15. It was superseded by the vingtième d'écu vertugadin of Louis XV in 1716.

Recorded mintage: 110,733, a common date of a scarce type.

Specification: 1.53 g, .917 fine silver, 16-19.5 mm diameter, designed by Norbert Roëttiers, this specimen 1.44 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 455, Dr/4 no. 763, Dupl. 1572; Gadoury 110.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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