France 1769-Pau 1/20 ecu

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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 Pau mint (cow mintmark) in 1741 and 1747-49, 1752-60, 1762, 1764, 1766-67, 1769-70 only.

Recorded mintage: 15,936. Listed in Droulers[1] as rare even in low grade. This date is unlisted in the SCWC[2].

Specification: 1.47 g, .917 fine silver, 18-19 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 588a, Dr/4 no. 857a, KM 531.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [2]Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 3rd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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