France 1822-A 2 francs

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Heritage sale 440, lot 50762
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

This specimen was lot 50762 in Heritage sale 440 (Long Beach, May 2007), where it sold for $546.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XVIII 2 Francs 1822A, MS62 NGC, a choice toned example with well-fined design details, two tiny contact marks on the cheek of the King."

This type was struck during the reign of Louis XVIII of France (1815-24) from numerous mints. The specimen shown is from Paris and is the second highest mintage issue. It is one of the few dates at all available in high grade. Many issues of this type are known from a handful (<10) of examples. The type is not difficult to find but is expensive in high grade. All 2 francs issued prior to 1859, including this one, were demonetized in 1869 to make way for the succeeding issue which was only .835 fine.

Specification: 27 mm diameter, 10 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879.

Recorded mintage: 421,107.

Catalog reference: F.257/36, KM 710.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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, 2013.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 440: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2007.

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