FRANCE silver fifth ecu 1730 Toulouse mint


FRANCE, Louis XV, 1715-74, fifth ecu, 1730 M, Toulouse mint, silver, 25.5mm, 5.38g, KM482.11, KM-unlisted date, I found no sales records for this coin, fair/aVG

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Toulouse mint coins are scarce.

Louis XV became king of France at the age of 5. He ruled for 58 years. He was unlucky in war, lost French Canada to the British. The monetary fancies of John Law occurred during his reign, souring people on paper money for a generation. The country was in financial trouble at the end of his reign.

France was ancient Gaul. The Romans were active, then the Merovingian kings maintained a vassal relationship with the Byzantine Empire until the advent of Charlemagne. France diverged from Germany thereafter, going through a period of feudal decentralization. A series of powerful kings gradually brought into being the modern country.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of anarchy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe, for our purposes stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia, even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia, probably not.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.