France 1810-K 40 francs

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23851
France 1810K 40 francs rev Heritage 3024-23851.jpg

This specimen was lot 23851 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description[2] noted, "Napoleon gold 40 Francs 1810-K, Bordeaux, AU53 PCGS, old-time rose gold patina, very scarce date/mint with only 886 struck." This type was struck 1809-13 with 2.1 million from all mints, making it the most common French forty francs. After the year 14, the revolutionary calendar was dropped in favor of the traditional Gregorian calendar. The forty francs of Napoleon are divided into six types, of which this is the last. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate during World War One. A complete set of this type comprises twelve date and mintmark combinations.

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.

Recorded Mintage: 880[1].

Catalog reference: F.541/4, KM 696.3.


  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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