France 1832-A 40 francs

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 885
This specimen was lot 885 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €390 (about US$494 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Louis-Philippe (1830-1848), AV 40 francs, 1832A, Paris. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis Philippe (1830-48), gold forty francs of 1832, Paris mint. Very fine.)"
The specimen shown is a forty francs struck at the Paris mint during the regime of Louis Philippe (r. 1830-48). This type, struck 1831-39, was recalled in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate during World War One. All are Paris mint except for small issues from Rouen (mintmark "B") and Bayonne (mintmark "L"). Records show 773,000 forty franc pieces were minted during the reign, compared to 9.13 million twenty franc pieces and 335 million silver five franc pieces. This is a better date but not rare. Le Franc[2] says it's rarer than the mintage would indicate.

Specification: 12.90 g, .900 fine gold, 26 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Joseph François Domard (1792-1858).

Recorded Mintage: 22,319[2].

Catalog reference: Gad-1106; Fr-557, F.546/3, KM 747.1.


  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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