French Indochina 1895-A piastre KM-5a.1
This specimen was lot 4776 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $4,818. The catalog description  noted, "French Indochina. Piastre, 1895-A. Liberty seated left. Lovely toning. NGC graded MS-64. The Judy Cahn Collection." This piastre is one of a type issued for French Indo-China during 1895-1922. It superseded a slightly heavier piastre struck 1885-95 (KM 5). The coin was intended to compete with various trade dollars from the Straits Settlements, India, Mexico and the United States. The type was reduced to 27 grams in 1895 and issued in that form until 1922. French Indochina was occupied by the Japanese in 1940. French attempts to reoccupy the area after World War Two were challenged by Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh, leading to French defeat and withdrawal in 1954. The colony was divided into Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Recorded mintage: 3,798,000 plus 1,782,000 for KM 5.
Specification: 27 g, .900 fine silver, .791 troy oz.
Catalog reference: KM-5a.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.