France 1810-L 5 francs

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 20447
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This specimen was lot 20447 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $493.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 5 Franc, 1810-L. PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder. Tulip privy mark. CONDITION RARITY. Much better mint and in phenomenal condition, with bold hair and laureates along with plenty of luster. Light to moderate toning." Le Franc notes that there was a change in mintmasters midyear, with Pierre Boniface Darripe succeeding his father Pierre Romain Darripe, and the event was marked by flipping the positions of the mintmark and privy mark. The mintmark "L" resumed its normal position in 1811.

Recorded mintage: 164,036 (mintmark to left of date) plus 20,979 (mintmark to right of date)[1].

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, edge lettered GARANTIE NATIONALE, designed by Augustin Dupré (1748-1833).

Catalog reference: Dav-85, F.307/21; KM-694.9; Gad-584.


  • 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 IX: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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