France 1842-B 1/4 franc

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This tiny coin was struck at Rouen under the régime of king Louis Philippe of France (1830-48). It is a slightly 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 50% higher than the commonest date (1840-A).

Recorded mintage: 642,320[1], 642,000[2].

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

Catalog reference: F.166/92, KM 740.2.


  • [2]Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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