France 1900 10 centimes
The specimen shown is a ten centimes of a type struck under the Third Republic of France 1898-1921. It was lot 1556 in Stephen Album sale 14 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE: AE 10 centimes, 1900-A, NGC graded MS-65 Red." All are Paris mint issues. There are 31 dates in the series, some expensive but only the 1905 is rare. The 1898 is a better date compared to the common issues of the War but is not scarce. The total production for the series is about 122 million. The design was also used on bronze one, two and five centimes of the Belle Epoque. All the bronze ten centimes pieces were demonetized in 1935.
Recorded mintage: 5,000,000.
Specification: 10 g, bronze, 30 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Baptiste Daniel-Dupuis (1849-99).
Catalog reference: F.136/9, Y-61, KM 843.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Album, Stephen. Stephen Album Auction 14, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, 2012.