France 1859-A franc

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This issue, from the Paris mint, is a common date of a type struck 1853-63 during the régime of Napoleon III. This "tête nue" design, by J. J. Barre, was replaced in 1864 by the "tête laurée" type, which was of lower fineness. It was demonetized in 1869.

Recorded mintage: 3,827,495.

Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, .144 troy oz AGW, 23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Albert Désiré Barré (1818-1878).

Catalog reference: KM 779.1, Gad-460, F.214/12.


  • 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, 2014.

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