France 1741-Y 1/5 ecu

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This coin, called a 1/5 écu au bandeau, was the French equivalent of a twenty cent piece. In the coinage system of the ancien régime, the 1/5 écu = 24 sols. The type was struck 1741-72 and is recorded for the Bourges mint ("Y") for 1744-49. All dates of this mint are rare and this specimen is believed to be unique. The Bourges mint closed in 1771.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 5.9 g, .917 fine silver, 26 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 586, Dr/4 no. 841 (unlisted date), KM 515 (unlisted mint).


  • 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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