France 1828-A 40 francs

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This issue, from the Paris mint, is a common date of a type struck 1826-30. The 40 francs of Charles X are divided into three types, F.543 (1824A only), F.544 (this type) and F.545 (1830-A only, reeded edge, very rare). It was demonetized in 2005.

A complete set of this type comprises six date and mintmark combinations. Three (1828-A, 1829-A and 1830-A) are fairly available; the other three (1826-A, 1827-A and 1830-MA) are extremely rare. The entire production run, 1826-30, totaled about 455,000 pieces. The production of five franc pieces in the same period was 123 million. This date is priced about double the common date (1830-A).

Specification: 26 mm diameter, 12.90 grams, .900 fine gold, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879.

Recorded Mintage: 51,840[1], a fairly common date.

Catalog reference: F.544/3, KM 721.1. The SCWC does not deem the 1824A a separate type, tho the bust is noticeably different.


  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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