France 1793-A 1/2 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1793A demi ecu rev DSLR.jpg

This type, the last demi-écu issued before the decimal reform instituted during the French Revolution, is the scarcest of the silver "Constitutional" types, which include 15 sols (1/8 écu), 30 sols (¼ écu) and one écu. Production of all the denominations ceased with the trial and execution of the king. The Paris mint (shown here) used the obverse legend "LOUIS XVI ROI DES FRANÇOIS;" other mints used "LOUIS XVI ROI DES FRANÇAIS" (KM 614).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 15 g, .917 fine silver, .442 try oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 613.1.


  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • 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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