France 1860-A 50 centimes
This dime-sized coin was struck at Paris, France, under the régime of Napoleon III (1852-70). It is a common date of a type struck 1853-63. This type is distinguished from the later type (F.188) of 1864-69 by the absence of a laurel wreath on the emperor's head. It was demonetized in 1869. The catalog notes 16 dates for the type, some very rare. This date is priced the same as the commonest date (1858A).
Recorded mintage: 2,656,824, 2,657,000.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge. It was designed by Jean-Jacques Barre, 1793-1855.
Catalog reference: F.187/12, KM 794.1.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.