France 1779-A 1/20 ecu
This twentieth écu au vielle buste de Louis XV, the equivalent of a half dime, was struck at the Paris mint in 1779 during the reign of Louis XVI of France. It was supposedly struck to finance a proposed Spanish invasion of Britain, and when that never came off, was issued to the general populace. Extensively saved, it is today fairly common. Droulers lists this date as common.
Recorded mintage: 176,070.
Specification: 1.47 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, 17 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 889.
- 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.