France 1914 10 francs
This specimen is one of a series struck 1899-1901 and 1905-14 during the French Third Republic. All are products of the Paris mint. Unlike the similar twenty francs, this coin was minted in smaller numbers and was never restruck. As a consequence, it is not seen nearly as often as its larger sister. However, none of the dates are rare except for the matte proofs of 1899 and 1900. Le Franc notes that the 1914 tends to come particularly nice.
Recorded mintage: 3,047,863.
Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold, 19 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Jules-Clément Chaplain (1839-1909).
Catalog reference: KM 846, F.509/14.
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- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.