French Colonies 1839-A 5 centimes
This specimen was struck in Paris for the French colonies in the Caribbean. The type was struck 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. This specimen was lot 30458 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $330. The catalog description noted, "FRENCH COLONIES. 5 Centimes, 1839-A. PCGS PROOF-64+ RB Secure Holder. Lustrous plum and cobalt hues."
Recorded mintage: 600,000 plus proofs.
Specification: bronze, designed by Nicolas Tiolier.
Catalog reference: KM-12; cf.Lec-308; VG-2904.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.