France 1769-AA 1/20 ecu

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Jean Elsen list 267, lot 1635
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 1635 in Jean Elsen list 267 (Brussels, January-March 2014), where it was offered for €50 (about US$69). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR vingtième d'écu au bandeau, 1769 AA, Metz. Droit: Tête à gauche, ceinte d'un bandeau. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver twentieth écu of the ribbon, 1769-AA, Metz mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Fine to Very fine.)"
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 = 6 sols. The type was struck 1740-70 but is recorded for the Metz mint ("AA" mintmark) in 1740, 1744, 1748-49, 1760, 1765 and 1769 only.

Recorded mintage: unknown. Listed in Droulers[1] as rare even in low grade.

Specification: 1.47 g, .917 fine silver, 18-19 mm diameter, this specimen 1,38 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1684; Ci., 2128; Gad., 284. Dr/2 no. 588, Dr/4 no. 857, KM 531.

Source:

  • [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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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