France 1806-L 5 francs

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1731
This specimen was lot 1731 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €600 (about US$775 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Napoléon I, 1804-1814, 1815. 5 Francs 1806, L, Bayonne. Vorzüglich. (empire of France, Napoleon I, 1804-14, five francs of 1806, Bayonne mint, extremely fine.)"
Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Bayonne mint (mint mark "L") in 1806. It is a better date but not rare. The Bayonne mint struck French coins until 1834. 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. The type is not difficult to find but is expensive in high grade. All silver five francs were officially recalled in 1928 but ceased to circulate after World War I. This coin was legal tender in the United States until 1857 at a value of 93 cents.

Recorded mintage: 550,878.

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

Catalog reference: Dav-83; Gadoury 581; Mazard 440, KM 673.8, F.304/7.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.
  • 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.

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