France 1787-D 1/5 ecu

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This specimen is an cinquième d'écu au buste habillé struck at the Lyon mint, one of a type struck there for France. It is priced[1] about double the most common date (1787-R) and is the only issue of this type from this mint. The other mints for 1787 are Montpellier, mintmark "N", and Orléans, mintmark "R". 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.


  • Obverse: LUD.XVI.D.G.FR ET NAV. REX., 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: 7,398[1].

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 886, Dr/2 no. 619, KM 569.3.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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