French Indochina 1900-A 2 sapeque
This specimen was lot 30966 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $1,080. The catalog description noted, "French Colony bronze Proof Sapeque 1900-A PR64 Brown PCGS, Paris mint. Very rare with a tiny mintage of only 100 pieces. Noticeable original mint luster remains with surfaces displaying only minor marks." This type was struck 1887-89, 1892-1902 as a two sapeque, as can be seen by the Chinese character for "2" ("ニ") on the reverse. While the proofs are rare, the circulation issue is only somewhat scarce.
Recorded mintage: 2,657,000 plus 100 proofs.
Catalog reference: KM 6, Lec-17.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Gadoury, Victor, and George Cousinié, Monnaies Coloniales Françaises, 1670-1988, 2me Éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 1988.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.