France 1841-BB 2 francs

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Steve Album sale 38, lot 1590
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This specimen was lot 1590 in Stephen Album sale 38 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2020), where it sold for $202.30. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE: Louis Philippe I, 1830-1848, AR 2 francs, 1841-BB, lightly cleaned, choice VF, R." Many issues of this type are known from a handful (<10) of examples. The type is not difficult to find but is expensive in high grade. This date from Strasbourg is priced about twice the common date (1847-A). All two francs issued prior to 1859, including this one, were demonetized in 1869 to make way for the succeeding issue which was only .835 fine.

Specification: 27 mm diameter, 10 grams, .900 fine silver, reeded edge. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.

Recorded mintage: 57,865[1].

Catalog reference: Gad-520, F.260/89, KM-743.3.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 38, featuring the Dabestani Collection of Persian Coins, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2020.

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