France 1828-W 1/4 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 1112
This specimen was lot 1112 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €130 (about US$162 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Charles X (1824-1830), AR 1/4 de franc, 1828 W, Lille. Gad-353. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (France, Charles X (1824-30), silver quarter franc of 1828, Lille mint. Extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This type was struck during the reign of Charles X (1824-30) from numerous mints. The specimen shown is from Lille and is a better date. It is priced about three times the commonest date (1830-A) in VF. 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. The quarter franc was converted into a twenty-five centimes in 1845 then dropped completely after 1848.

Recorded mintage: 46,687[2], a fairly scarce date.

Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, plain edge. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879.

Catalog reference: KM 722.12, F.164/28.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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