France 1828-T 1/2 franc

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This specimen was lot 487 in CGB sale 54 (Paris, June 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted,
"1828 Nantes Rarity : R1 VF 45 Usure régulière de circulation sur les reliefs. La monnaie a subi un léger nettoyage ancien avant de se repatiner. Aspect très agréable. Cet exemplaire provient de la Collection Naoned. Obverse: CHARLES X ROI DE FRANCE.. Tête nue de Charles X à gauche; au-dessous MICHAUT. T (cursif). Reverse: 1/2 F. en accostement d'un écu de France sommé d'une couronne royale, contenu dans une couronne ouverte composée de deux branches de laurier nouées à leur base par un ruban; au-dessous 1828 encadré de la lettre d'atelier T à droite et du différent à gauche. Les pièces de ce millésime sont frappées du 22 novembre au 13 décembre en 3 délivrances."
This type was struck during the reign of Charles X (1824-30) of France from numerous mints. The specimen shown is from Nantes and is a scarce date. It is priced about six times the commonest date (1829-A) in XF. 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 half 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: 18,272.

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, plain edge. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879. This specimen 2.43 grams.

Catalog reference: KM 723.7, F.180/35.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.

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