France 1806-A 5 francs

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40503
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40503 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $2,185. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 5 Francs, 1806-A. NGC MS-63. Highly lustrous and attractive. Dark tone on obverse. From the Madeleine Collection." Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Paris mint (mint mark "A") in 1806. It is the commonest date of its type. The various designs of Napoleonic five francs form eight distinct types of which this is the fifth, struck 1806-07 with a complete set of this type comprising 23 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare.

Recorded mintage: 825,034.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Nicolas-Guy Brenet and Jean-Pierre Droz.

Catalog reference: Dav-83, KM-673.1; Gad-581; VG-1498, F.304/1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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