France 1829-MA franc
This issue, from the Marseilles mint, is only date of this mintmark of a type struck 1825-30. All francs of Charles X of France 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 five franc pieces in the same period was 123 million. This date is priced about five times the commonest dates (1828A and 1828W). It is the only issue from Marseilles between 1824 and 1832. The catalog notes two varieties, depending on the number of leaves in the olive wreath on the reverse. The four leaf (F.207/69) and five leaf variety (F.207/68) are priced the same.
Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879.
Mintage: 66,457, 66,000.
Catalog reference: F.207/68 and F.207/69, KM 724.10.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.