France 1810-U 5 francs
This specimen was lot 23554 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description noted, "Napoleon 5 Francs 1810-U, VF35 PCGS, rare issue of the Torino (Italy) Mint. Nicely toned and original with well-struck details." This is a rare date from the Turin mint, being priced about fifty times the common date (1811-A). Le Franc estimates three known to exist. The type was struck 1809-14.
Recorded mintage: 13,519.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier.
Catalog reference: Gad-584; Dav-85, F.307/25, KM 694.15.
- 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, 2013.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.