France 1728-I 1/10 ecu

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Heritage sale 3000, lot 51355
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
the same specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1728I 1-10 ecu rev DSLR.jpg

Shown is a 1728-I dixième écu aux branches d'olivier of the Limoges mint (mintmark "I"). It was lot 51355 in Heritage sale 3000. This coin was part of the great coinage reform of Cardinal Fleury which finally terminated the manipulations which had disrupted the French economy since the 1690's. Many more dates are known than are listed in the SCWC, which lists only 1730 for the Limoges mint while Droulers[1] adds 1726-36 (1728 shown here) and 1740. 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: estimated 17,928 (very scarce).

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 481.10 (unlisted date).


  • [1]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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Cardinal de Fleury