France 1744-AA 1/20 ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1676
This specimen was lot 1676 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 180 CHF (about US$216 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XV. 1715-1774. 1/20 Ecu au bandeau 1744 AA, Metz. Selten. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, twentieth écu of the hair ribbon of 1744, Metz mint. Rare, Good very fine.)"
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 Metz mint ("AA") in 1740, 1744, 1748-49, 1760, 1765, 1769 only. The SCWC notes only 1740-X, while Droulers reports it as "unconfirmed." It is likely very rare.

Recorded mintage: 1,793, a scarce date.

Specification: 1.47 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 1.51 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 588, Dr/4 no. 857, KM 510.2, Gadoury 284.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018

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