France 1828-W franc
This specimen was lot 2822 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 275 (about US$345 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "1 Franc 1828. Lille. Vorzüglich-gutes vorzüglich (extremely fine or better)." All francs of Charles X are of this type with the exception of some very rare reeded edge specimens issued in 1830. It was demonetized in 1869. A complete set of this type comprises 84 date and mintmark combinations, many very rare. The entire production run, 1825-30, totaled about 5.3 million pieces. The production of French five franc pieces in the same period was 123 million.
Recorded mintage: 417,789 (a common date).
Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM. Designed by Auguste-François Michaut, 1786-1879, this specimen 4.94 g.
Catalog reference: Gadoury 450, F.207/48, KM 724.12.
- 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.
- Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.