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2018 France €10 Silver Proof Coin "The Sower: 1793 Ecu de 6 Livres"

RSM Price: $54.95
Item Number: FR18AGPF3
  • Mint: Monnaie de Paris
  • Denomination: €10
  • Quality: Proof
  • Issue limit: 3,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: 90% Silver
  • Diameter: 37 mm=1.46 in
  • Weight: 22.2 g=0.78 oz
  • Box/Capsule: Yes/Yes
  • Certificate: Yes
 

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The first écu was a gold coin (écu d'or) minted during the reign of Louis IX of France in 1266. The value of the écu varied considerably over time, and silver coins (écu d'argent) were also introduced.

From 1690 to 1725 rates were unstable and new écus were issued, and existing écus revalued. After 1726 the final écu remained stable at six livres. The silver écu was further broken down into a 1/8 value coin (huitième d'écu), 1/4 value coin (quart d'écu) and a 1/2 value coin (demi-écu).

The livre was the currency of Kingdom of France and its predecessor state from 781 to 1794. Several different livres existed, some concurrently. The livre was the name of both units of account and coins. The last coins and notes of the livre currency system were issued in 1794 (year two of the First Republic). In 1795, the franc was introduced.

In 1789, the storming of the Bastille during riots in Paris marked the beginning of the French Revolution. It was a bloody time, the French Revolution. King Louis XIV had garnered special privlidges to himself and his nobility while plunging France into bankruptcy. His monarchy was abolished in 1792, and he and Marie Antoinette were decapitated in 1793. The écu disappeared during the French Revolution, but the 5-franc silver coins minted throughout the 19th century were the continuation of the old écus, and were often still called écu by French people.

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