France 1855-A 10 francs Fr-576a

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 428

This specimen was lot 428 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $786.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Second Empire. Napoléon III. 1852-1870. AV 10 Francs à la tête neu. Paris mint; différents: hand and anchor. Désiré-Albert Barre, engraver general. Ch.-Louis Dierickx, director. Dated 1855 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Very choice fully lustrous uncirculated. Extremely choice for type and only one graded higher in MS 65." This specimen, from the Paris mint, is a common date of a series struck in France 1855-60. The ten francs d'or is, as a class, much scarcer than the contemporary twenty francs d'or. It is especially rare to find in nice condition. The earlier type (Fr-576), with a 17 mm diameter, was struck 1854-55 only and is very scarce.

Recorded mintage: 5,175,451 plus 940,067 of the 17 mm type (Fr-576). This is the second commonest date[1].

Specification: 3.23 g, .900 fine gold, 19 mm diameter, reeded edge; this specimen Ø18 mm, 3.24 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: VG 1014; KM 784.13; Friedberg 576a, F.506/1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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