Subalpine Republic L'AN 10 5 francs Dav-197

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Subalpine Rep An 10 5 franc rev DSLR.jpg
Sincona sale 18, lot 2818
Shown is a five lire of the year 10 from the Subalpine Republic. The second specimen was lot 2818 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 375 (about US$494 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"5 Francs lAN 10 (1801). Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Subalpine Republic, five francs of the year 10 (1801), very fine to extremely fine.)"
The third specimen was lot 1996 in CGB sale 24. This rare piece is listed in the SCWC under the "Italian States--Piedmont Republic," a government as obscure as it was short-lived. As this puppet republic of Napoleon was based in Turin, we have listed it under Sardinia.

According to Wikipedia, "The Subalpine Republic was a short-lived republic established in June 1802 on the territory of the Piedmont during the Napoleonic era. It was annexed to France in September 1802 as the départements of Doire, Marengo, Pô (briefly named 'Éridan', after Eridanos), Sesia, Stura, and Tanaro. The Subalpine Republic leaned heavily on France: it introduced French style reforms and its coinage was based on the French Franc. The structure of government was a Provisional Executive."

Recorded mintage: 33,000.

Specification: 25 grams, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Dav-197; KM C-4, Pagani-6.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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