France 1900 2 centimes
This specimen was lot 71461 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2020), where it sold for $204. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 2 Centimes, 1900. Paris Mint. PCGS MS-63 Brown Gold Shield. Tied for finest certified of the date with two other example of the Brown designation on the PCGS population report. A nicely preserved and attractive example with hints of original mint red on the reverse in the protected areas." The specimen shown is a two centimes, Marianne head, of a type struck under the Third Republic of France 1897-1920. All are Paris mint issues. The 1900 is a rare date. The total production for the series is about 23 million, compared to ten million Cérès head two centimes (1877-97). All the bronze two centimes pieces were demonetized in 1940.
Recorded mintage: 100,802 plus a few matte proofs.
Specification: 2 g, bronze, 20 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Baptiste Daniel-Dupuis (1849-99).
Catalog reference: F.110/4, Gad-107; KM-841.
- 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.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The October 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.