France 1831-H 1/2 franc

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This dime-sized coin was struck at La Rochelle under the régime of king Louis Philippe (1830-48). It is an early date of a type struck 1831-45. All half francs of this reign are of this type, which is common. It was replaced in 1845 by a fifty centimes piece (F.183) and demonetized in 1869. The catalog[1] notes 114 dates for the type, some very rare. This date is scarce, being priced about triple the commonest date (1841A, 1842B or 1845B). It would be very rare except for the dispersal of an old roll[1].

Recorded mintage: 17,512[1].

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.

Catalog reference: F.182/5, KM 741.5.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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