France 1808-A 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 119, lot 1412
France 1808A 5 francs rev JElsen 119-1412.jpg
This specimen was lot 1412 in Jean Elsen sale 119 (Brussels, December 2013), where it sold for €280 (about US$453 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[3] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AR 5 francs, 1808 A, Paris. Très Beau. (France, Napoleon I, 1804-14, silver five francs of 1808, Paris mint, very fine.)"
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 sixth, struck 1807-08 with a complete set of this type comprising fifteen date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. This date is the commonest date.

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

Recorded Mintage: 6,480,446[1], 6,462,000[2].

Catalog reference: F.306/2, KM 686.1, Gad-583, Dav-84.


  • [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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 119, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2013.

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