French Colonies 1827-H 5 centimes

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from Heritage sale 3049, lot 33002
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This specimen was lot 33002 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $258.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles X 5 Centimes 1827-H MS65 Red and Brown PCGS. Struck for circulation in Martinique and Guadeloupe, this present selection features beautiful, cherry-brown surfaces and exciting mint luster that casts a warm glow across the crisp motifs. Very pleasing in this top certified Gem quality. From the F.P. Briand Collection." This specimen was struck in La Rochelle for the French colonies in the Caribbean. The type was struck 1825-30 and was superseded by a similar piece with the bust of Louis Philippe issued 1839-44. There is a similar ten centimes. The success of this issue was used as a precursor to the large copper issues of Napoleon III in France during the 1850's.

Recorded mintage: 600,000.

Specification: copper, 10 g, 27 mm diameter, designed by Nicolas Tiolier.

Catalog reference: KM 10.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Byrne, Ray, Coins and Tokens of the Caribees, Decatur, IL: Jess Peters, Inc., 1975.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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