France 1812-A 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1332
France 1812A 5 francs rev JElsen 112-1332.jpg
This specimen was lot 1332 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it sold for € 300 ($469 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AR 5 francs, 1812 A, Paris. Nettoyée. Bel exemplaire avec brillant de frappe. (France, Napoleon I, 1804-14, silver five francs of 1812, Paris mint. Cleaned, handsome example with mint luster.)"
This type was struck 1809-14 in large quantities. It is the most common Napoleonic coin.

Recorded mintage: 9,308,494 (third most common date after 1811-A and 1813-A).

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Dav-85, Gad-584, F.307/41.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 112, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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