France 1824-A 2 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 123, lot 941
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This specimen was lot 941 in Jean Elsen sale 123 (Brussels, December 2014), where it sold for €220 (about US$320 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Louis XVIII, seconde restauration (1815-1824), AR 2 francs, 1824 A, Paris. Très Beau à Superbe. (France, Louis XVIII, second restoration (1815-24), silver two francs of 1824, Paris mint, very fine to extremely fine.)"
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 French two francs issued prior to 1859, including this one, were demonetized in 1869 to make way for the succeeding issue which was only .835 fine.

Recorded mintage: 283,714[1]. Fairly common.

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

Catalog reference: Gad-513, F.257/51, KM 710.1.

Source:

  • 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, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 123, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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