France 1728-9 1/5 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 90, lot 1182
France 1728-9 fifth ecu rev JElsen 90-1182.jpg

Shown is a cinquième d'écu aux branches d'olivier ("fifth écu with olive wreath") struck at the Rennes mint (mintmark "9") during the reign of Louis XV of France. This specimen was lot 1182 in Jean Elsen sale 90 (Brussels, December 2006), where it sold for 85 euro. The fifth écu was the ancien régime version of a twenty cent piece tho never struck in sufficient numbers to really convert France to a decimal currency.

Recorded mintage: 120,378 (fairly common).

Specification: 5.89 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 840, Dr/2 no. 581, KM 482.23, Gad-298.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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