France 1779-A 1/20 ecu

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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[1] 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.


  • [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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