France 1764-A 1/5 ecu

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1344
This specimen was lot 1344 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 400 CHF (about US$495 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XV. 1715-1774. 1/5 Ecu au bandeau 1764, Paris. Doppelschlag. Gutes vorzüglich. (France, Louis XV, 1715-74, fifth écu 'of the ribbon' of 1764, Paris mint. Double struck, good extremely fine.)"
This specimen was offered again in May 2014 in Sincona sale 18. 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 but is recorded for the Paris mint ("A") in 1740-53, 1756-57, 1759-60 and 1763-70 only. Despite the interrupted dates of issue, Paris was the most faithful issuer of this denomination.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce[2].

Specification: 5.9 g, .917 fine silver, 26 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers. This specimen is 5.88 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 586, Dr/4 no. 841, KM 515.1, Duplessy 1682, Gad-299.


  • [2]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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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