France 1863-A 10 francs
This specimen was lot 6399 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $705. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 10 Franc, 1863-A. NGC MS-64. Attractive satiny surfaces." This specimen is a slightly better date of a series struck 1862-68 during the régime of Napoleon III of France. All 31 million were struck at the Paris (mintmark "A") and Strasbourg (mintmark "BB") mints. Most dates are readily available altho gems are scarce. This type is commonly called the "Laureate head." After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Cérès head" type of 1895-99. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.
Recorded mintage: 2,346,265, a fairly common date.
Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold, 19 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Albert Désiré Barré (1818-1878).
Catalog reference: Fr-586; KM-800.1; Gad-1015, F.507A/3.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.