France 1900 10 francs

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2332
This specimen was lot 2332 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 1,500 (about US$1,976 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"10 Francs 1900. Paris Fast FDC. (France, third republic, twenty francs of 1900, Paris mint, choice uncirculated.)"
This specimen is one of a series struck 1899-1901 and 1905-14 during the Third Republic. All are products of the Paris mint. Unlike the similar twenty francs, this coin was minted in smaller numbers and was never restruck. As a consequence, it is not seen nearly as often as its larger sister. However, none of the dates are rare except for the matte proofs of 1899 and 1900. This specimen was not noted as a matte proof by the cataloguers but we suspect that it is.

Recorded mintage: 1,570,433[2] including the proofs.

Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold, 19 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Jules-Clément Chaplain (1839-1909), this specimen 3.23 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 1017, F.509/3 (regular strike), F.509/4 (matte proof).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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