France 1828-W 2 francs
This specimen was lot 383 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $3,025. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE, Royal (Restored). Charles X. 1824-1830. AR 2 Francs. Lille mint; différents: initials/caduceus. Nicolas-Pierre Tiolier, engraver general. Alexandre Beaussier, director. Dated 1828 W. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 67. Superb gem. Fantastic original multicolored patina over gem surfaces. Only three 2 Franc pieces have ever reached this grade, this the only one of Charles X. Purchased from Frank Lapa." This type was struck during the reign of Charles X (1824-30) from numerous mints. The specimen shown is from Lille and is a common date. 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 two 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: 357,562.
Specification: 10 g, .900 fine silver, 28 mm diameter, reeded edge. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879. This specimen is Ø28 mm, 10.10 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: VG 516; KM 725.1, F.258/48.
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- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.