France 1914 10 francs

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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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[1] 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.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.

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