France 1773-AA 1/10 ecu

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This diminuitive coin, called a 1/10 écu à la vieille tête, 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 1771-73 but is recorded for the Metz mint ("AA") in 1772-73 only.

Recorded mintage: estimated 36,165. Droulers[1] notes, "Cette piece est commune malgré cette estimation de frappe tres proche de la réalité offielle (This piece is common in spite of the estimated mintage which is close to the official reality)."

Specification: 2.95 g, .917 fine silver, 21 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 593, Dr/4 no. 851, KM 552.1.


  • [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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