France 1859-A 20 centimes

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CNG Lissner sale, part of lot 466

This specimen was part of lot 466 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, July 2014), where it sold for $786.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Empire. Lot of eight (8) CU and AR Denominations. Lot includes the following denominations: ...Second Empire. Napoléon III. 1852-1870. AR 20 Centimes à la tête nue. Paris mint; différents: hand and anchor. Désiré-Albert Barre, engraver general. Ch.-Louis Dierickx, director. Dated 1859 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62. Gorgeous uncirculated with great color...." 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 common date.

Specification: 1 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, plain edge. This specimen Ø15 mm, 1.00 g, 6h axis.

Recorded Mintage: 3,731,359[1].

Catalog reference: F.148/12, Gad-305; KM 778.1.


  • 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]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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