France 1899 franc
This issue, from the Paris mint, is the second year of issue of the famous Semeuse ("Sower") design which superseded the Cérès head of 1871-95. This design was used on fifty centimes, one franc and two francs of 1898-1920 during the Third Republic of France. This date is rather scarcer than the 1898, which was kept as a souvenir of the new type and is the most common except for the wartime dates of 1914-20.
Recorded mintage: 11,000,000.
Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver, 23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Oscar Roty.
Catalog reference: KM 844.1, F.217/2.
- 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 IX: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2012.