France 1785-A 1/5 ecu

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This specimen is an cinquième d'écu au buste habillé struck at the Paris mint, one of a type struck there in 1775-90. This specimen was lot 1506 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, France, June 2007) and is counted as a better date. The other mints for 1785 are Limoges ("I") and Perpignan ("Q"). It was demonetized in 1804, unlike the écu and demi-écu, which were demonetized in 1834. The shorter period of circulation means more high grade survivors exist despite the small mintages.

Recorded mintage: 25,955[1].

Specification: 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.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 886, Dr/2 no. 619, KM 569.1.


  • [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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