France 1904 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1606
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is a better date of a series struck 1898-1920 during the Third Republic. This type, known as "La Semeuse," superseded the "Cérès head" design of 1870-95. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One. All were struck at the Paris mint except for a few struck at Castelsarrasin in 1914. "La Semeuse" also appeared on contemporary fifty centimes and one franc coins; she was so popular than she was revived for the coinage of the Fifth Republic (1959-99). The first specimen was lot 1606 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €110 (about US$167 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Troisième République (1871-1940), AR 1 franc, 1904, Semeuse. Fleur de Coin (France, Third Republic (1870-1940), silver franc of 1904, Semeuse type. Uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: 7,000,000[2].

Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, 23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Louis Oscar Roty (1846-1911).

Catalog reference: F.217/9, KM 844.1, Gad-467.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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