France 1807-B 5 francs

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20893
France 1807B 5 francs rev Heritage 3010-20893.jpg

This specimen was lot 20893 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,035. The catalog description[3] noted, "Napoleon Empereur 5 Francs 1807B, AU58 NGC, magnificent cabinet patina over fully lustrous surfaces with no striking weaknesses or adjustment marks. A very pleasing coin and oh so close to mint state." Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Rouen mint (mint mark "B") in 1807. It is a rather scarce date. 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 double 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: 29,468[1], 30,000[2].

Catalog reference: F.304/12, KM 673.2, Dav-83.


  • [2]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.
  • [3]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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