French Indochina 1896-A 50 cent

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24627
Fr Indochina 1896 50 cents rev H3026-24627.jpg

This specimen was lot 24627 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description[1] noted, "French Colonial 50 Cents 1896-A, MS62 NGC, glossy surfaces with aged gray and gold toning. Scarce early date in mint state." This fifty cent piece is one of a type issued for French Indo-China during 1896-1900. The type was reduced from 13.60 grams in 1895. The next issue of fifty cent pieces was in 1936. French Indochina was occupied by the Japanese in 1940. French attempts to reoccupy the area after World War Two were challenged by Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh, leading to French defeat and withdrawal in 1954. The colony was divided into Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Recorded mintage: 110,000.

Specification: 13.5 g, .900 silver, .390 troy oz ASW, designed by Barré.

Catalog reference: KM 4a.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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