France 1766-L 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 = six sols. The type was struck 1740-69 but is recorded for the Bayonne mint ("L") in 1740-41, 1743, 1745, 1749, 1757, 1762 and 1766 only. Despite the interrupted dates of issue, many Bayonne issues are common.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 588, Dr/4 no. 857, KM 510._.


  • [1]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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