France 1807-U 5 francs
Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Turin mint (mint mark "U") in 1807. It is a very rare date. The Turin mint struck French coins 1804-13 only, after which it resumed striking Italian (Sardinian) designs. 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 about four and a half times 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, 30,000.
Catalog reference: F.304/22, KM 673.12, Dav-83.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.