France 1841-W franc

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1433
This specimen was lot 1433 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis Philippe, 1830-1848. 1 Franc 1841, Lille. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (France, Louis Philippe (1830-48), one franc of 1841, Lille mint. Choice extremely fine.)"
This issue, from the Lille mint, is a typical 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 French five franc pieces in the same period was 289 million. This date is priced about 60% higher than the commonest dates (1845B, 1846A or 1847A).

Recorded mintage: 321,215[2].

Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858, this specimen 5.02 g.

Catalog reference: F.209/88, Gadoury 453, KM 742.1.


  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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