France 1870-A 2 francs
This specimen is a slightly better date of a series struck 1870-95 during the French Third Republic. This "Cérès head" design is a revival of a type struck 1849-51 during the Second Republic. It was superseded by the "Semeuse" type of 1898-1920. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One. The 1870-A is also known with the "Sans Légende" reverse, which is much scarcer. Large and small mintmarks are also recorded, believed to be of roughly equal rarity.
Recorded mintage: 789,310, 1,324,000.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, .289 troy oz AGW, 27 mm diameter, reeded edge, revival of a design by Eugéne André Oudiné (1810-87).
Catalog reference: F.265/1, KM 817.1.
- 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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