France 1859-A 50 centimes
The first specimen was lot 1821 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007). The second specimen was lot 4740 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $230. The catalog description  noted, "France. 50 Centimes, 1859-A. Napoleon III. Deep red-green toning. NGC graded MS-64." This dime-sized coin was struck at Paris under the régime of Napoleon III (1852-70). It is a common date of a type struck 1853-63. This type is distinguished from the later type (F.188) of 1864-69 by the absence of a laurel wreath on the emperor's head. It was demonetized in 1869. The catalog notes 16 dates for the type, some very rare.
Recorded mintage: 3,879,041.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge. It was designed by Jean-Jacques Barre, 1793-1855.
Catalog reference: F.187/10, KM-794.1; Gad-414.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.