France 1862-A 10 centimes
This specimen was lot 415 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $423.50. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE, Second Empire. Napoléon III. 1852-1870. CU 10 Centimes à la tête laurée. Paris mint; différents: anchor and bee. Désiré-Albert Barre, engraver general. Renouard de Bussière, director. Dated 1862 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65 RD. Gem red coin. Only two ever graded." This specimen, struck at the Paris mint, is an example of a Napoleon III "laureate head" ten centimes. Strasbourg ("BB") and Bordeaux ("K") also minted this type. The type was struck 1861-65 with a total production of 52 million examples. It is common. Some dates are scarce but none are rare.
Recorded mintage: 5,463,211.
Specification: 10 g, bronze, 30 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Albert-Desiré Barré and Jean-Jacques Barré; this specimen Ø30 mm, 10.04 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: VG 253; KM 798.1, F.134/5.
- 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.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.