France 1832-W franc

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 886
This specimen was lot 886 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €130 (about US$165 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Louis-Philippe (1830-1848), 1 franc, 1832W, Lille. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis Philippe (1830-48), one franc of 1832, Lille mint. Extremely fine.)"
This issue, from the Lille mint, is the first date of a type struck 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).

Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.

Mintage: 154,494[2].

Catalog reference: Gad-453, F.210/13, KM 748.


  • [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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