Dahomey 1971 10000 francs

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Goldberg sale 72, lot 4831
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4831 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $2,559. The catalog description[1] noted, "Dahomey. 10000 Francs, 1971. On 10th Anniversary of Independence. Arcanthopholis. NGC graded Proof 68 Ultra Cameo." Dahomey was renamed the Republic of Benin in 1975. Gold 2,500, 5,000, 10,000 (shown here) and 25,000 francs were issued in 1971, the only gold issues for that country.

Recorded mintage: 470.

Specification: 35.55 g, .900 fine gold, 1.028 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-2; KM-8.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 62: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.

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