France 1857-A 20 centimes

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This tiny coin was struck at Paris under the régime of Napoleon III of France (1852-70). It is a better date of a type struck 1853-63. This type is distinguished from the later type (F.149) of 1864-66 by the absence of a wreath about the emperor's head. The denomination does not seem to have been popular, as no more were struck for circulation after 1868. It was demonetized in 1869. The catalog[1] notes 14 dates for the type; this date is scarce, priced nearly triple the common date (1860-A).

Recorded mintage: 839,515[1].

Specification: 1 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, reeded edge. It was designed by Jean-Jacques Barre, 1818-1879.

Catalog reference: F.148/7.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.

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