France 1773-A 1/20 ecu

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This diminuitive coin, called a 1/20 écu à la vieille tête, 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 1771-73 but is recorded for the Paris mint ("A") in 1771 and 1773 only.

Recorded mintage: estimated 24,100. Droulers[1] lists this date as common for the type but the type is much scarcer than the preceding 1/20 écu au bandeau.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 594, Dr/4 no. 858, 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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