France 1843-B franc
This issue, from the Rouen mint, is a somewhat better 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. By this period, the government had closed all but five mints: Paris ("A"), Rouen ("B"), Strasbourg ("BB"), Bordeaux ("K") and Lille ("W").
Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.
Recorded Mintage: 130,057.
Catalog reference: F.210/95, KM 748.2.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.