France 1896-A 10 francs
This specimen was lot 450 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $847. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE, Troisième République. 1870-1940. AV 10 Francs. Ceres type. Paris mint; différents: cornucopia and fasces. Jean Lagrange, engraver general. Régie des Monnaies, directors. Dated 1896 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65 WINGS APPROVED. Gem faintly toned lustrous brilliant uncirculated. Highest ever graded for date and very rare this nice. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, March 1974." This diminutive coin is a gold piece of the modern French series. Thirty pieces were struck for the Universal Exposition of 1878 and one hundred more for the Universal Exposition of 1889. All are proofs and none were issued for circulation. More were issued for circulation in 1896 and 1899; these are readily available for collectors.
Recorded mintage: 213,999.
Specification: 3.23 g, .900 fine gold, 19 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Louis Merley (1815-1883), this specimen: Ø19 mm, 3.23 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: F.508/4, VG 1016; KM 830; Friedberg 594.
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- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.