France 1851-A 20 centimes
The first specimen was lot 401 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $169.40. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE, Deuxième République. 1848-1852. AR 20 Centimes. Paris mint; différents: hand and dog’s head. Jacques-Jean Barre, engraver general. CH.-Louis Dierickx, director. Dated 1851 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Close to gem prooflike BU with a bit of nice patina overall. A three year only type." This tiny coin was issued 1849-51 only but must have been extensively saved as high grade specimens of the 1850-A and 1851-A are common.
Recorded mintage: 3,287,213.
Specification: 1 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, reeded edge; this specimen Ø14 mm, 1.00 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: VG 303; KM 758.1, F.146/7.
- 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.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.