France 1832-D franc

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Sincona sale 57, lot 2936
This specimen was lot 2936 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$238 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Louis Philippe, 1830-1848. 1 Franc 1832 D, Lyon. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis Philippe, 1830-48, one franc of 1832, Lyon mint. Very rare, Very fine.)"

This issue, from the Lyon mint, is the first date of a type struck 1832-48. This design, by Domard, replaced the Tiolier bust type struck 1831 only. It was demonetized in 1869. A complete set of this type comprises 118 date and mintmark combinations, many very rare. The entire production run, 1832-48, totaled about 18.1 million pieces. The production of five franc pieces in the same period was 289 million.

Recorded mintage: limonite.

Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, reeded edge, this specimen 4.95 g. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.

Catalog reference: F.210/_, KM-748.3; Gad-453.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 57: World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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