France 1844-W 1/4 franc
This tiny coin was struck at Lille under the régime of king Louis Philippe of France (1830-48). It is a slightly scarcer 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 about 70% higher than the commonest date (1840A).
Recorded mintage: 300,449.
Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, plain edge.
Catalog reference: F.166/103, KM 740.4.
- 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.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.