France 1874-A 50 centimes
This dime-sized coin was struck at Paris during the Third Republic of France (1870-1940). It is a better date of a type struck 1871-95. All issues are Paris mint except for the Bordeaux mint (mintmark "K") issues of 1871-73. Like all fifty centimes struck after 1864, the fineness was only .835. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in the 1920's.
The catalog notes 16 dates for the type, three dates (1873-K, 1878-A and 1889-A) are rare. This date is not rare but is expensive by comparison with the common dates, 1888, 1894 and 1895.
Recorded mintage: 1,228,000.
Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge. It was designed by Eugène André Oudiné, 1810-1887. This head of Cérès was originally used on the 50 centimes of 1849-51.
Catalog reference: F.189, KM 834.1.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
- Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.