France 1887-A franc
This coin was struck at Paris during the Third Republic of France (1870-1940). It is the last date of a type struck 1871-95. All issues are Paris mint except for the Bordeaux mint (mintmark "K") issues of 1871-72. Like all francs struck after 1866, the fineness was only .835. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in the 1920's.
The catalog notes 14 dates for the type, two dates (1878-A and 1889-A) are rare. This date is priced about 50% higher than the common date 1888-A, despite a nearly identical mintage.
Recorded mintage: 3,291,930.
Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, 23 mm diameter, reeded edge. It was designed by Eugène André Oudiné, 1810-1887. This head of Cérès was originally used on the franc of 1849-51.
Catalog reference: F.216/9, KM 834.1.
- 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.