France 1854-A 20 centimes

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Sincona sale 13, lot 2451
This specimen was lot 2451 in Sincona sale 13 (Zurich, October 2013), where it sold for 80 CHF (about US$104 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH 20 Centimes 1854. Paris Fast FDC (France, twenty centimes of 1854, Paris mint, choice uncirculated)."
This type, the smallest silver coin of the decimal system, was struck 1853-63 and then reduced to .835 fine in 1864. This is a common date.

Recorded mintage: 1,681,429[1], fourth highest mintage date.

Specification: 1 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 0.95 g.

Catalog reference: F.148/2, Gadoury 305, KM 778.1.


  • 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.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Auktion 13: Münzen und Medaillen, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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