France 1841-A 1/2 franc
This specimen was lot 70500 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $216. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Franc, 1841-A. Paris Mint. PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. Bright luster, good strike." This dime-sized coin was struck at Paris under the régime of king Louis Philippe (1830-48). It is a later date of a type struck 1831-45. All half francs of this reign are of this type, which is common. It was replaced in 1845 by a fifty centimes piece (F.183) and demonetized in 1869. The catalog notes 114 dates for the type, some very rare. This date is common.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.
Catalog reference: F.182/87, KM-741.1; Gad-408.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.