France 1726-E 1/10 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 94, lot 1439
France 1726E tenth ecu rev JElsen 94-1439.jpg

Shown is a dixième écu aux branches d'olivier of the Tours mint (mintmark "E"). It was lot 1439 in Jean Elsen sale 94 (Brussels, December 2007), where it sold for 120 euro. This coin was part of the great coinage reform of Cardinal Fleury which finally terminated the manipulations which had disrupted the economy since the 1690's. Many more dates are known than are listed in the SCWC, which lists only 1726 and 1727 for the Tours mint while Droulers[1] adds 1728, 1729 and 1730. The tenth écu was the ancien régime version of a dime tho never struck in sufficient numbers to really convert France to a decimal currency.

Recorded mintage: 267,287 (fairly common).

Specification: 2.25 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 849, Dr/2 no. 582, KM 481.7.


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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Cardinal de Fleury