France 1842-BB 1/2 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 122, lot 984
France 1842BB demi franc rev JElsen 122-984.jpg
This specimen was lot 984 in Jean Elsen sale 122 (Brussels, September 2014), where it sold for €60 (about US$92 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"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[2] 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[2].

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.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.

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