France 1808-M 5 francs

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Sincona sale 26, lot 3124
This specimen was lot 3124 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"France, I. Kaiserreich. Napoleon I. 1804-1815 5 Francs 1808. M, Toulouse. Gutes sehr schön. (France, first Empire, Napoleon I, 1804-15, five francs of 1808, Toulouse mint, good very fine.)"
This issue, from the Toulouse mint, is a fairly common date of a type struck 1809-15. This type was succeeded by the "EMPIRE FRANÇAISE" reverse struck 1809-14. A complete set of this type comprises fifteen date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. The entire production run totaled about 9.4 million pieces. This date is priced[2] about quadruple the common date.

Recorded mintage: 351,028[2].

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, this specimen 24.87 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 583. Dav-84, F.306/10, KM 686.9.


  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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