France 1855-BB 10 centimes

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Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1575
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This specimen was lot 1575 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €80 (about $121 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon III (1852-1870), Cu 10 centimes, 1855 BB, Strasbourg. Ancre. presque Fleur de Coin (France, Napoleon III (1852-70), copper ten centimes of 1855, Strasbourg mint, about uncirculated.)"
The regime of Napoleon III finally carried out plans developed during the 1840's to melt down and remint all the old copper circulating in France, some of it dating back to before the Revolution of 1789. Several branch mints were reopened for this purpose. The existing mints were Paris ("A"), Strasbourg ("BB") and Bordeaux ("K"); the reopened mints were Lille ("W"), Marseilles ("MA"), Rouen ("B") and Lyon ("D"). Two privy marks are reported for this date; the anchor shown here is rather more common.

Specification: 10 g, bronze, 30 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Jacques Barré (1793-1855).

Recorded Mintage: 7,883,903 (anchor privy mark) plus 3,957,986 (dog's head privy mark)[1].

Catalog reference: F.133/23, KM-771.3; Gad-248.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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