France 1833-W 1/2 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 103, lot 1089
France 1833W demi franc rev JElsen 103-1089.jpg
This specimen was lot 1089 in Jean Elsen sale 103 (Brussels, December 2009), where it sold for 220 euro. The catalog description noted,
"FRANCE, Louis-Philippe Ier (1830-1848), AR demi-franc, 1833 W, Lille. Très belle patine. Superbe" (France, Louis Philippe (1830-48), silver half franc, 1833-W, Lille mint, very nice patina, Extremely Fine).
This dime-sized coin is a rather scarce date of a type struck 1831-45. All half francs of this reign are of this type, which is common. It was replaced in 1845 by a fifty centimes piece (F.183) and demonetized in 1869.

The catalog[1] notes 114 dates for the type, some very rare. This date is slightly scarce, being priced about double the commonest date (1841A, 1842B or 1845B).

Recorded mintage: 151,226[1], 151,000[2].

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 408, F.182/38, KM 741.13.


  • [2]Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.

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