France 1730-I 1/20 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 96, lot 1377
France 1730I 1-20 ecu rev JElsen 96-1377.jpg

Shown is a 1730-I vingtième d'écu aux branches d'olivier of the Limoges mint (mintmark "I"). It was lot 1377 in Jean Elsen sale 96. This coin was part of the great coinage reform of Cardinal Fleury which finally terminated the manipulations which had disrupted the economy since the 1690's. Many more dates are known than are listed in the SCWC, which lists only 1729-31 for the Limoges mint while Droulers[1] adds 1733-36. The twentieth écu was the ancien régime version of a half dime tho never struck in sufficient numbers to really convert France to a decimal currency.

Recorded mintage: unknown but slightly scarce.

Specification: 1.47 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Röettiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 856, Dr/2 no. 583, KM 480.9.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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