France 1767-S 1/10 ecu

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Ponterio sale 151, lot 9168
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 9168 in Ponterio sale 151 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $362.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 12 Sols, 1767-S. Louis XV (1715-74). Sharply struck, CHOICE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED." This diminuitive coin, called a 1/10 écu au bandeau, was the French equivalent of a dime. In the coinage system of the ancien régime, the 1/10 écu = 12 sols. The type was struck 1740-70 and is recorded for the Reims mint ("S") for 1741, 1743-44, 1747-48, 1751, 1755, 1757, 1760, 1764 and 1767.

Recorded mintage: 29,050[2] (scarce but not rare).

Specification: 2.95 g, .917 fine silver, 22 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 587, Dr/4 no. 850, KM 511.19.

Source:

  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 151: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
  • [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.

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