France 1768-A 1/10 ecu

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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 Paris mint ("A") for most of those years.

Recorded mintage: 12,450. The SCWC lists this date as common but Droulers[1] lists this date as scarce. After some substantial issues in the 1740's, mintages dwindled in the 1760's.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 587, Dr/4 no. 850, KM 511.1.


  • [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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