French Colonies 1844-A 5 centimes

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Goldberg sale 80, lot 4047
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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 4047 in Goldberg sale 80 (Los Angeles, June 2014), where it sold for $258.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "French Colonies. 5 Centimes, 1844-A. Louis Philippe laureate head left. NGC graded MS-65 Brown."

Recorded mintage: 201,000.

Specification: bronze, designed by Nicolas Tiolier.

Catalog reference: KM 12.


  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Frank Draskovic and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 80: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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