French Colonies 1829-A 5 centimes
This specimen was lot 42824 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $156. The catalog description</sup noted, "FRENCH COLONIES. 5 Centimes, 1829-A. PCGS MS-63. Reported mintage of 299,066 pieces. Struck in brass. Struck for use in Guyana. Well struck with some orange highlights to the medium brassy toning. Minor contact marks consistent for the grade. An attractive example with good definition of the fine details and crisp legends." This type was struck in Paris for the French colonies in the Caribbean. It was struck 1825 and 1828-30 and was superseded by a similar piece with the bust of Louis Philippe issued 1839-44. There is a similar ten centimes. The success of this issue was used as a precursor to the large copper issues of Napoleon III in France during the 1850's. This example does not match other examples in fabric or style and is likely a counterfeit.
Recorded mintage: 299,066.
Specification: copper, 10 g, 27 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: cf. KM-10.1; cf. Lec-301.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Byrne, Ray, Coins and Tokens of the Caribees, Decatur, IL: Jess Peters, Inc., 1975..
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.