France 1864-BB 10 centimes

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This specimen, struck at the Strasbourg mint, is an example of a Napoleon III "laureate head" ten centimes. Paris ("A") and Bordeaux ("K") also minted this type. The type was struck in France 1861-65 with a total production of 52 million examples. It is common. Some dates are scarce but none are rare. This date is not rare but is priced[1] about 50% higher than the common date (1861A). It was replaced by the Cérès head struck in France 1870-98.

Recorded mintage: 2,646,287[1].

Specification: 10 g, bronze, 30 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Albert-Desiré Barré and Jean-Jacques Barré.

Catalog reference: F.134/12, KM 798.2.


  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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