France 1841-A franc
This issue, from the Paris mint, is a typical date of a type struck 1832-48. This design, by Domard, replaced the Tiolier bust type struck 1831 only. It was demonetized in 1869. A complete set of this type comprises 118 date and mintmark combinations, many very rare. The entire production run, 1832-48, totaled about 18.1 million pieces. The production of French five franc pieces in the same period was 289 million. This date is priced about 25% higher than the commonest dates (1845-B, 1846-A or 1847-A).
Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.
Mintage: 623,095, 623,000.
Catalog reference: F.210/84, KM 748.1.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.