French Indochina 1907-A piastre
This piastre is one of a type issued for French Indochina during 1895-1922. The coin was intended to compete with various trade dollars from the Straits Settlements, India, Mexico and the United States. 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. The second specimen was lot 4779 in Goldberg sale 69, where it sold for $917.50. The catalog noted, "French Indochina. Piastre, 1907-A. Liberty seated left. NGC graded MS-63. The Judy Cahn Collection."
Recorded mintage: 14,062,000.
Specification: 27 g, .900 silver, .781 troy oz ASW, designed by Barré.
Catalog reference: KM 5a.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- 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.