France 1824-W 1/2 franc

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This dime-sized coin was struck at Lille under the régime of king Louis XVIII of France (1814-24). It is a late date of a type struck 1816-24. All half francs of this reign are of this type, which is fairly common. It was demonetized in 1869.

The catalog[1] notes 52 dates for the type, some very rare. This date is scarce, despite the substantial mintage, being priced about two and a half times the commonest date (1822A).

Recorded mintage: 101,970[1], 102,000[2].

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, plain edge. Designed by Auguste-François Michaut, 1786-1879.

Catalog reference: F.179/52, KM 708.11.


  • [2]Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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