France 1777-Pau 1/5 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 87, lot 2148
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is an cinquième d'écu du Béarn au buste habillé struck at the Pau mint (mintmark "cow"), one of a type struck there 1775 and 1777. It was lot 2148 in Jean Elsen sale 87. The 1777-Pau is priced[1] about five times higher than the most common date (1787-R).


  • Obverse: LUD.XVI.D.G.FR ET NA.RE.BD, king’s uniformed bust left, hair tied with a ribbon;
  • reverse: SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTUM (date), oval shield of France, crowned, between two olive branches tied with ribbon, mintmark below; reeded edge.
  • composition: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 41.5 pieces to the mark (5.83 g), face value 24 sols, 26-27 mm diameter. Engraved by Benjamin Duvivier.

Recorded mintage: 31,605[1], 32,000[2].

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 886a, Dr/2 no. 619a, KM 570.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [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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