France 1887-A 2 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1842
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 1842 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Troisième République (1871-1940), AR 2 francs, 1887 A, Paris. Superbe. (Third republic of France (1871-1940), silver two francs of 1887, Paris mint, extremely fine.)"
This specimen is a common 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 It was superseded by the "Semeuse" type of 1898-1920. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 2,342,903.

Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, 27 mm diameter, reeded edge, revival of a design by Eugéne André Oudiné (1810-87).

Catalog reference: F.265/13, Gad-530a, KM 817.1.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.
  • 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.

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