French Indochina 1900-A 50 cent
This specimen was lot 30970 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $4,200. The catalog description noted, "French Colony silver Proof 50 Cents 1900-A PR64 PCGS, Paris mint. Very rare with a mintage of only 100 pieces. Mottled gray obverse, with a touch of golden patina on the reverse. The strike is full and the surfaces display only a few minor marks." This fifty cent piece is one of a type issued for French Indo-China during 1896 and 1900. The denomination was reduced from 13.60 grams in 1895. The next issue of fifty cent pieces was in 1936.
Recorded mintage: 100 proofs plus circulation strikes reported, not confirmed.
Specification: 13.50 g, .900 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 4a.1, Lec-259.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.