France 1914-C 2 francs
This specimen was lot 448 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $108.90. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE, Troisième République. 1870-1940. AR 2 Francs. 'Semeuse' type. Castelsarrasin mint; différents: cornucopia and torch. Henri-Auguste Patey, engraver general. Régie des Monnaies, directors. Dated 1914 C. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Choice blast white uncirculated with just a hint of patina. One year only type. As the German army advanced on Paris in August of 1914, the decision was made to evacuate the mint and its important personnel. The operation moved to Castelsarrasin in the southern part of the country where it remained until the threat on the capital subsided in November." This emergency issue is scarce; the 1914-C one franc is rare. This type, known as "La Semeuse," superseded the "Cérès head" design of 1870-95. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.
Recorded mintage: 461,647.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, .289 troy oz AGW, 27 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Louis Oscar Roty (1846-1911), this specimen: Ø27 mm, 10.04 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: F.266/16, VG 532; KM 845.2.
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