France 1761-A 1/20 ecu

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1343
Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1459
The first specimen was lot 1343 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 225 CHF (about US$279 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XV. 1715-1774. 1/20 Ecu au bandeau 1761, Paris. Vorzüglich-FDC. (France, Louis XV, 1715-74, twentieth écu 'of the ribbon' of 1761, Paris mint. Extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
The second specimen was lot 1459 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €350 (about US$464 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[3] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR vingtième d'écu au bandeau, 1761A, Paris. D/ T. à g., ceinte d'un bandeau. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Très rare. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver twentieth écu of the ribbon of 1761, Paris mint. Obverse: head left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Extremely Fine - Uncirculated.)"
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 Paris mint ("A") in 1740-50, 1752-56, 1758-61 and 1765-66 only. Despite the interrupted dates of issue, Paris was the most faithful issuer of this denomination and the only mint to produce this type in 1761.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce[2].

Specification: 1.47 g, .917 fine silver, 18-19 mm diameter. The first specimen is 1.46 g, the second specimen is 1,48 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 588, Dr/4 no. 857, KM 510.1, Duplessy 1684, Gad-284.

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.
  • [3]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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