France 1850-BB franc

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29672
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This specimen was lot 29672 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description[2] noted, "Republic Franc 1850-BB (Bee Privy) MS62 PCGS, Strasbourg mint, Two-year type. Slate gray with antique gold and blue highlights over golden surfaces. Featuring the Bee privy mark, the rarer of two for the date, and very rarely seen in Mint State." This coin is an issue of the short-lived Second Republic of France (1848-52). It is known from three mints: Paris (mintmark "A", the vast majority), Bordeaux (mintmark "K", rare) and Strasbourg (mintmark "BB", scarce). The type is slightly difficult to find but is expensive in high grade. Oudiné's bust of Ceres was revived under the Third Republic and used on the 2 francs 1870-95. All two francs issued prior to 1859, including this one, were demonetized in 1869 to make way for the succeeding issue which was only .835 fine.

Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, .144 troy oz ASW. Designed by Eugéne André Oudiné, 1810-1887.

Mintage: 198,392[1].

Catalog reference: KM 759.2, Gad-457. F.211/6.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [2]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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