France 1832-A franc
This issue, from the Paris mint, is the first date of a type struck in France 1832-48. This design, by Domard, replaced the Tiolier bust type struck 1831 only. It was demonetized in 1869. A complete set of this type comprises 118 date and mintmark combinations, many very rare. The entire production run, 1832-48, totaled about 18.1 million pieces. The production of five franc pieces in the same period was 289 million. This date is priced about double the commonest dates (1845B, 1846A or 1847A). Some very rare proofs are reported to exist of this date.
Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.
Mintage: 378,663, 379,000.
Catalog reference: F.210/1, KM 748.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.