France 1842-A 1/4 franc
This tiny coin was struck at Paris under the régime of king Louis Philippe of France (1830-48). It is a better date of a type struck 1831-45. All quarter francs of this reign are of this type, which is common. It was replaced in 1845 by a twenty-five centimes piece (F.167) and demonetized in 1852. The catalog notes 108 dates for the type, some very rare. This date is priced over double the commonest date (1840-A). This specimen was lot 72229 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $141. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 1/4 Franc, 1842-A. NGC MS-64. Sharply struck with glowing mint luster."
Recorded mintage: 547,161.
Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, plain edge.
Catalog reference: F.166/92, KM 740.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.