France 1711-I 1/20 ecu

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This diminuitive coin, called a 1/20 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 but is recorded for the Limoges mint ("I") in 1711 only. The date is the commonest of the type but the type is scarce. It was superseded by the 1/20 d'écu vertugadin of Louis XV in 1716.

Recorded mintage: 126,060.

Specification: 1.53 g, .917 fine silver, 16-19.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 455, Dr/4 no. 763, KM-unlisted.

Source:

  • 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.

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