France 1832-B 40 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 1128
This specimen was lot 1128 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €850 (about US$1,060 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Louis-Philippe (1830-1848), AV 40 francs, 1832 B, Rouen. 5.339 p. frappées. Rare. Très Beau à Superbe. (France, Louis-Philippe (1830-48), gold forty francs of 1832, Rouen mint. Rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
The specimen shown is a forty francs struck at the Rouen 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", shown here) 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.

Recorded mintage: 3,929[2], a better date.

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

Catalog reference: Gad-1106; Fr-558, F.546/4, KM 747.2.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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