France 1844-W franc

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This issue, from the Lille mint, is a 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. This date is one of the three commonest dates (1845B, 1846A and 1847A). This specimen was lot 1101 in CGB sale 52 (Paris, February 2012), where it sold for 405 € (about US$585 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"'Superbe exemplaire recouvert d’une magnifique patine de collection aux reflets irisés. D’infimes hairlines au droit et de petits coups de sac. La monnaie est bien frappée et le droit présente un effet camée de toute beauté. (Superb example having recovered a magnificent rainbow patina. Tiny hairlines on the obverse with a few bag marks. Well struck with a cameo apppearance on the obverse.)"

Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858. This specimen 4,99 g, 23,03 mm diameter.

Mintage: 380,664[1].

Catalog reference: F.210/103, KM 748.


  • [1]Clairand, Arnaud, Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur and Laurent Schmitt, Monnaies 52: Vente Sur Offres, Paris:, 2012.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc VIII: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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