France 1766-L 1/5 ecu

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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 and is recorded from the Bayonne mint for 1741, 1754, 1756-57, 1759, 1762, 1766 and 1769. This is the most common mint for 1766.

Recorded mintage: unknown (priced[1] about 66% more tham the common date such as 1769-L).

Specification: 5.59 g, .917 fine silver, 26 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 586, Dr/4 no. 841, KM 515.15.


  • [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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