France 1886-A 50 centimes

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Goldberg sale 70, lot 4016
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This dime-sized coin was struck at Paris during the Third Republic (1870-1940). It is a scarce 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 50 centimes struck after 1864, the fineness was only .835. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in the 1920's. The catalog[1] notes sixteen dates for the type, three dates (1873-K, 1878-A and 1889-A) are rare. This date is scarce and is priced[1] about nine times the common dates, 1888, 1894 and 1895. The second specimen was lot 4016 in Goldberg sale 70 (Los Angeles, September 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[3] noted, "France. 50 Centimes, 1886-A. Third Republic. Lovely tannish tone. Scarce date. NGC graded MS-67."

Recorded mintage: 308,758[1], 309,000[2].

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.189/11, KM 834.1, Gad-419a.


  • [2]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.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [3]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 70: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2012.

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