France 1828-A 1/2 franc

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photo courtesy Daniel F. Sedwick, LLC

This specimen was lot 1137 in Sedwick sale 10 (Winter Park, FL, October 2011), where it sold for $172.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "France (Paris mint), 1/2 franc, Charles X, 1828-A. Choice Mint State with attractive toning and subtle luster." This dime-sized coin was struck at Paris under the régime of king Charles X (1824-30). It is a common date of a type struck 1825-30. All half francs of this reign are of this type. It was demonetized in 1869.

Recorded mintage: 508,212 (third highest mintage date).

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, plain edge. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879.

Catalog reference: KM-723.1, F.180/25.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #10, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2011.

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