France 1806-BB 5 francs

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Ponterio sale 155, lot 7230
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Strasbourg mint (mint mark "BB") in 1806. It is a slightly better date. The Strasbourg mint struck French coins until 1870, when it was seized by the Germans during the Franco-Prussian War. 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. This date is priced[1] about 35% higher than the common date (1806A).

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, 1763-1819.

Mintage: 659,966[1].

Catalog reference: F.304/3, KM 673.3, Dav-83.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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