France 1856-A 20 centimes

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Ponterio sale 182, lot 583
France 1856A 20 centimes rev P182-583.jpg

This specimen was lot 583 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description[3] noted, "FRANCE. 20 Centimes, 1856-A. Paris Mint. NGC PROOF-66. Lightly toned with vibrant blue highlight on reverse." 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 fairly common date.

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

Recorded Mintage: 602,740[1], 603,000[2].

Catalog reference: KM-778.1; Gad-305, F.148/4.


  • 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]Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • [3]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 182: The January 2014 NYINC Auction: World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stacks Bowers LLC.

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