Kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1/2 Ecu aux Lauriers 1792

The first silver écu was minted in 1641, and the last such coin was issued in 1793. In the 150 years in-between, the écu dominated not only the French currency, but also the coinage of most German-speaking parts of Europe. During that time, countless types of écus were issued, which were often distinguished by colloquial names. The coin shown here is a half écu aux lauriers, so called after the leaves of laurel around the crest on the reverse. In German vernacular, such coins were called "laubtaler" or "lorbeertaler."

Year of issue

1792 n. Chr.