French Indochina 1910-A piastre
This specimen was lot 30793 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description noted, "French Colony Piastre 1910-A MS61 PCGS, Paris mint. An elusive date for the type with its mintage of 760,718 ranking as second lowest in the series behind the rare 1890. As such, almost never encountered in this quality and the only example to certify at the Mint State grade at PCGS or NGC. An important coin for the certified set-builder." This piastre is one of a type issued for French Indochina during 1895-1928. It is a scarce date, being priced about double the other issues. 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: 760,718.
Specification: 27 g, .900 silver, .781 troy oz ASW, designed by Barré.
Catalog reference: KM 5a.1, Lec-293.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.