French Indochina 1908-A piastre
The first specimen was lot 24636 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $528.75. The catalog description noted, "French Colonial Piastre 1908-A, MS63 PCGS, fully brilliant with attractive champagne patina and minimal contact marks." This piastre is one of a type issued for French Indochina during 1895-1928. 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.
Recorded mintage: 13,986,000.
Specification: 27 g, .900 silver, .781 troy oz ASW, designed by Barré.
Catalog reference: KM 5a.1, Lec-291.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.