France 1899-A 10 francs

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Goldberg sale 65, lot 4313
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

The second specimen was lot 4313 in Goldberg sale 65 (Los Angeles, September 2011), where it sold for $287.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. 10 Francs, 1899-A. Ceres head. NGC graded MS-64." This diminutive coin is a gold piece of the modern French series. Thirty pieces were struck for the Universal Exposition of 1878 and one hundred more for the Universal Exposition of 1889. All are proofs and none were issued for circulation. More were issued for circulation in 1896 and 1899; these are readily available for collectors.

Recorded mintage: 1,600,000.

Specification: 3.23 g, .900 fine gold, 19 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Louis Merley (1815-1883).

Catalog reference: Fr-594; F.508/5, KM 830.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 65: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins," Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.

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