France 1753-W 1/10 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 90, lot 1187
France 1753W fifth ecu rev JElsen 90-1187.jpg

This coin, called a dixième d'écu au bandeau, was the French equivalent of a dime. It was lot 1187 in Jean Elsen sale 90 (Brussels, December 2006), where it did not sell. In the coinage system of the ancien régime, the dixième d'écu = 12 sols. The type was struck 1740-71 and is recorded for the Paris mint ("A") for most of those years. This issue is from Lille (mintmark "W") and is priced[1] about double the commonest date (1751-A).

Recorded mintage: 29,548.

Specification: 2.95 g, .917 fine silver, 22 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 587, Dr/4 no. 850, KM 511.22.


  • [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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