France 1873-A 5 francs
This specimen was lot 22154 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $123. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 5 Francs, 1873-A. PCGS MS-65. Toned." A complete set of this type comprises 24 date and mintmark combinations. The entire production run, 1871-78, totaled about 73 million pieces. Only two mints struck this type: Paris ("A") and Bordeaux ("K"). This date is the most common silver five francs of the entire series. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in the 1920's.
Recorded mintage: 27,192,181.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .7234 troy oz AGW, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, after a design by Augustin Dupré (1748-1833).
Catalog reference: KM-820.1; Gad-745A, F.334/9, Dav-92.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc IX: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.