France 1851-A 2 francs
This specimen was lot 1252 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 2 Franc, 1851-A. NGC MS-66. A superb gem. Toned." 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 Cérès was revived under the Third Republic and used on the two 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.
Recorded mintage: 350,549.
Specification: 27 mm diameter, 10 grams, .900 fine silver, .289 troy oz ASW. Designed by Eugéne André Oudiné, 1810-1887.
Catalog reference: F.261/7, KM-760.1; Gad-522.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.