France 1766-L 1/5 ecu
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 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.
- 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.