France 1851-A 10 francs

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40109
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40109 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,116. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 10 Franc, 1841-A. PCGS MS-64+. Oreille basse. PCGS MS-64+." This specimen, from the Paris mint, is from a type struck 1850-51 only. Neither date is common but the mintage of the 1851-A is six times that of the 1850-A. The type is seldom seen, unlike the common twenty francs d'or of 1849-51 (F.529). Le Franc IX reports that this type often comes weakly struck and appears more worn than it actually is. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 3,112,378.

Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold, 19 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Louis Merley.

Catalog reference: Fr-567; KM-770; Gad-1012, F.504/3.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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