France 1858-A 10 francs
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 earliest type, with a 17 mm diameter, was struck 1854-55 only and is very scarce. For the bare head type, 24 million 5 francs, 61 million ten francs and 146 million twenty francs were struck. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.
Recorded mintage: 7,576,123, 7,534,000.
Specification: 3.23 g, .900 fine gold, 19 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Jean-Jacques Barré (1793-1855).
Catalog reference: KM 784.3, Fr-576a, F.506/5.
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- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.