France 1850-A 20 centimes
This specimen was lot 22315 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $152.75. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 20 Centimes, 1850-A. NGC MS-66. From the short lived Second Republic. Beautifully toned with iridescent blue and rose dominating the color scheme and (much as the grade suggests) a superb gem." This tiny coin was issued for France 1849-51 only but must have been extensively saved as high grade specimens of the 1850-A and 1851-A are common. This date comprises 63% of the entire production. The privy mark comes with the dog's ear raised or lowered.
Recorded mintage: 6,173,221.
Specification: 1 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM-758.1; Gad-303, F.146/2.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.