Updated: Apr 7
French ecu coin worth 5 sous
The play Cyrano de Bergerac begins with a loud argument at the door of the theater.
PORTER (pursuing them): Hey there! Pay your five sous!
A PALACE GUARD: I get in free!
PORTER: And why is that?
A PALACE GUARD: I am a Palace Guard!
PORTER (to another pair of gentlemen who enter): You?
FIRST MUSKETEER: I don’t pay!
FIRST MUSKETEER: I’m a musketeer.
The sous coin was also called a sol in 17th century France. Here is a photograph of 1/12 Ecu coin (worth 10 sol ) from the reign of (1643-1715). This would have been the perfect payment for yourself and friend to enjoy a night at the theater at the Hôtel Bourguignon where the first act of Cyrano takes place.