France 1807-U 40 francs

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40108
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40108 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $3,852. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 40 Franc, 1807-U. Torino Mint. NGC XF-40. RARE. From a mintage of only 619 pieces. Demarete Collection." The Turin mint struck French coins 1804-13 only, after which it resumed striking Italian designs. Altho the 1806-U forty francs is common, this date and the following 1808-U are rare.

Recorded mintage: 613.

Specification: 12.90 g, .900 fine gold, 26 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Pierre-Joseph Tiolier and Jean-Pierre Droz.

Catalog reference: Fr-490; KM-A688.4; Gad-1082a.4; Gig-7; Mont-18, F.539/4.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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