Tunisia 1908-A 10 francs
This specimen was lot 219 in Sincona sale 31 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 900 CHF (about US$1,068 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "FRENCH PROTECTORATE | Reign of Muhammed al-Nasr Bey (1324-1340ah/1906-1922ce) 10 francs 1908ce/1326ah AU RR Fdc." This rare date was struck in Paris for Tunisia before World War One to the standard of the French gold ten francs. The type was struck 1907-21; all dates are very rare. It was struck in the name of Muhammed al-Nasir Bey, a French puppet. The French left in 1956 and in 1957 a republic established, ousting the discredited monarchy.
Recorded mintage: 166.
Specification: 3.23 g, .900 fine gold, .092 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.22 g.
Catalog reference: Gad 115, KM 240.
- Jürg Richter and Ralph W. Miller, Tunisian Coins and Medals: The Miller Collection, Auction 31, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.