France 1853-A 20 centimes

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 4736
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This specimen was lot 4736 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $690. The catalog description [2] noted, "France. 20 Centimes, 1853-A. Small head. Napoleon III. Spectacular sea green-red-yellow toned example. PCGS graded MS-67." This tiny coin, smaller than a half dime, was struck at Paris under the régime of Napoleon III (1852-70). It is a common date of a type struck 1853-59. It is the second type of its denomination, the first being the Cérès head of 1849-51. It was demonetized in 1869. The catalog[1] notes 16 dates for the type, some very rare.

Recorded mintage: 679,863[1].

Specification: 1 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter, reeded edge. It was designed by Jean-Jacques Barre, 1793-1855.

Catalog reference: F.148/1, KM-778.1; Gad-305.


  • 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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