France 1842-B 2 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1559
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This specimen was lot 1559 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €230 ($349 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Louis-Philippe Ier (1830-1848), AR 2 francs, 1842 B, Rouen. Petites griffes. Superbe (kingdom of France, Louis Philippe (1830-48), silver franc of 1842, Rouen mint. Tiny scratches, extremely fine.)"
The Rouen mint was a steady producer of this type issued 1831-48 and some dates are fairly common, such as this one. The type is not difficult to find but is expensive in high grade. All two francs issued prior to 1859 were demonetized in 1869 to make way for the succeeding issue which was only .835 fine.

Specification: 27 mm diameter, 10 g, .900 fine silver, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.

Recorded Mintage: 147,196[1] (priced about double the most common date).

Catalog reference: F.260/93, KM 743, Gad-520.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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