France 1744-X 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 Amiens mint ("X") in 1740-41 and 1743-44 only. The SCWC notes only 1740-X, while Droulers reports it as "unconfirmed." It is likely very rare.

Recorded mintage: 9,862.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 588, Dr/4 no. 857, KM 510.17 (unlisted date).


  • 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.

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