France 1872-K 2 francs
This specimen is a better date of a series struck 1870-95 during the Third Republic of France. 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 It was superseded by the "Semeuse" type of 1898-1920. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.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 1872-K is priced almost triple the common dates (1887-A and 1895-A).
Recorded mintage: 1,467,429, 1,467,000.
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.265/9, KM 817.2.
- 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.