France 1864-BB 50 centimes

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Sincona sale 13, lot 2462
This specimen was lot 2462 in Sincona sale 13 (Zurich, October 2013), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$155 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH 50 Centimes 1864. Strassburg Vorzüglich-FDC (France, fifty centimes of 1864, Strasbourg mint, extremely fine to uncirculated)."
This type, struck 1864-69, represented a reduction in fineness from the previous type of 1853-63, which was .900 fine. This date is common.

Recorded mintage: 4,625,849[1].

Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 2.47 g.

Catalog reference: F.188/3, Gadoury 417. KM 814.2.


  • 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]Auktion 13: Münzen und Medaillen, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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