France 1859-A 10 francs

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 30508
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This specimen was lot 30508 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description[2] noted, "Napoleon III gold 10 Francs 1859-A MS66+ PCGS, Paris mint, Nearly pristine with luscious, satin luster and a hammered strike on both sides. Easily the finest we have seen for the date and unquestionably one of the finest extant." This product of the Paris mint is a slightly better 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 five francs, 61 million ten francs and 146 million twenty francs were struck in gold. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 10,078,154[1].

Specification: 3.23 g, .900 fine gold, 19 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Jean-Jacques Barré (1793-1855).

Catalog reference: KM 784.3, F.506/7.


  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.

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