France 1832-B 2 francs

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Goldberg sale 80, lot 4040
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This specimen was lot 4040 in Goldberg sale 80 (Los Angeles, June 2014), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. 2 Francs, 1832-B. Philippe I. Head right. Exquisite multi color toning. NGC graded MS-64." This type was struck in France during the reign of Louis Philippe (1830-48) from numerous mints. The specimen shown is from Rouen and is from the second year of issue. It is priced[1] about 60% more than the commonest date (1847A). Many issues of this type are known from a handful (<10) of examples. The type is not difficult to find but is expensive in high grade. All two francs issued prior to 1859, including this one, were demonetized in 1869 to make way for the succeeding issue which was only .835 fine.

Specification: 27 mm diameter, 10 grams, .900 fine silver. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.

Recorded mintage: 383,643[1].

Catalog reference: F.260/5, KM 743.2, Gad-520.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Frank Draskovic and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 80: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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