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France 20 and 50 Centimes, 1 and 2 Francs  1853 to 1863
France 20 and 50 Centimes, 1 and 2 Francs 1853 to 1863

Wow. The coin in our picture comes from Ira and Larry Goldberg. It is in gorgeous condition. You rarely see them this nice. Even though it is a common date, because of this wonderful condition, this coin sold at auction for $220 US dollars in a 2008 auction. The hammer would fall at a higher price today, I'm pretty sure of that.

These coins are minted in silver as follows:

20 CENTIMES: 0.029 troy ounces silver
50 CENTIMES: 0.072 ounces silver
1 FRANC: 0.145 ounces
2 FRANCS: 0.289 ounces

As with most French coins of the period, there are mostly common date coins that all have about the same value, plus a few special *good dates* that are worth more. The values below are all catalog values for coins without damage such as spots, stains, cleanings, scratches, nicks, and gouges. If your coin is not in the *good date* list, it is a common date. Values for *good date* coins are catalog values in well preserved condition.

20 CENTIMES, COMMON DATES
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $80

20 CENTIMES, GOOD DATES
1853A 'Large Head': $400 well preserved
1862A: $300
1856BB: $350
1863BB: $100

50 CENTIMES, COMMON DATES
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $150

50 CENTIMES, GOOD DATES
1853A: $200 well preserved
1855A: $125
1861BB: $200
1862BB: $150
1863BB: $300

1 FRANC, COMMON DATES
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $250

1 FRANC, GOOD DATES
1853A 'large head': $750 well preserved
1853A 'small head': $400
1855A: $200
1861A: $350
1861BB: $500
1862BB: $400
1863A: $900
1863BB: $700

2 FRANCS, COMMON DATES
worn: $150 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $350
well preserved: $800
fully uncirculated: $1800

2 FRANCS, GOOD DATES
1858A: $1200 well preserved
1859A: $6000

Keep in mind that all values listed on this page are catalog values. Be sure to check our our Important Terminology page in order to understand how to properly translate these values into real world prices.

Coin: 17553 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: BILAL, Sat, 09-Aug-2014 04:42:21 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sun, 10-Aug-2014 00:56:22 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Apprasial ok., Wed, 02-Nov-2016 19:08:46 GMT
Requester description: 1863 TWO VINE LEAVES, AND A FACE OF THE EMPEROR I BELIEVE 50 CENT NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR BARRE
EMPIRE FRANCAIS 50 CENT 1863 BB
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