France 1740-& 1/20 ecu

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This diminuitive coin, called a 1/20 écu au bandeau, was the French equivalent of a half dime. In the coinage system of the ancien régime, the 1/20 écu = 6 sols. The type was struck 1740-69 but is recorded for the Aix-en-Provence mint ("&") in 1740 and 1747 only. The SCWC does not list the mint, which closed in 1774. It is likely very rare.

Recorded mintage: 14,342 (estimated[1]).

Specification: 1.47 g, .917 fine silver, 18-19 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 588, Dr/4 no. 857, KM 510 (unlisted date and mint).

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.

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