France 1840-B 1/4 franc

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 4709
France 1840B quart franc rev Goldberg 69-4709.jpg

This specimen was lot 4709 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $141. The catalog description [2] noted, "France. ¼ Franc, 1840-B. Louis Philippe I. Brilliant mint luster. NGC graded MS-64." This tiny coin was struck at Rouen under the régime of king Louis Philippe (1830-48). It is a scarcer date of a type struck 1831-45. All quarter francs of this reign are of this type, which is common. It was replaced in 1845 by a twenty-five centimes piece (F.167) and demonetized in 1852. The catalog[1] notes 108 dates for the type, some very rare. This date is priced about double the commonest date (1840A). An 1840/30 overdate is noted.

Recorded mintage: 53,333[1].

Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: F.166/84, KM-740.2; Gad-355.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]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.

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