France 1842-BB 1/2 franc
"FRANCE, Louis-Philippe (1830-1848), AR 1/2 franc, 1842 BB, Strasbourg. Petites taches. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis Philippe (1830-48), silver half franc of 1842, Strasbourg mint. Small stains, about extremely fine.)"This dime-sized coin was struck at Strasbourg under the régime of king Louis Philippe (1830-48). It is a late 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 notes 114 dates for the type, some very rare. This date is fairly common, being priced about 50% more than the commonest date (1841A, 1842B or 1845B).
Recorded mintage: 307,490.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.
Catalog reference: KM 741.3, F.182/102, Gad-408.
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- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.