French Indochina 1900-A 20 cent

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, lot 42830
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This specimen was lot 42830 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $192. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRENCH INDO-CHINA. 20 Cents, 1900-A. NGC MS-63. Lustrous and lightly toned." This twenty cent piece is one of a type issued for French Indo-China during 1898-1916. The type was reduced to 5.4 grams in 1895 and issued in that form until 1898, when the fineness was reduced to .835. 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: 1,750,000 plus 100 proofs.

Specification: 5.4 g, .835 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-10.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gadoury, Victor, and George Cousinié, Monnaies Coloniales Françaises, 1670-1988, 2me Éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 1988.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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