France 1813-D 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 1040
This specimen was lot 1040 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €650 (about US$811 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AR 5 francs, 1813 D, Lyon. Très fines stries (hairlines), quelques traces d'ajustage au revers sur le bord. Rare dans cette qualité. presque Fleur de Coin. (France, Napoleon I (1804-14), silver five francs of 1813, Lyon mint. Very light hairlines, some trace of adjustment marks on the reverse but rare in this quality. About Uncirculated.)"
This issue, from the Lyon mint, is a somewhat scarce date of a type struck 1809-15. This type succeeded the "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE" reverse struck 1807-08. A complete set of this type comprises 95 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. The entire production run totaled about 128 million pieces. This date is priced[1] about triple the common date (1813A or 1813I). All silver five francs were officially recalled in 1928 but ceased to circulate after World War I. This coin was legal tender in the United States until 1857 at a value of 93 cents.

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

Recorded mintage: 916,089[1].

Catalog reference: Gad-584, F.307/62, Dav-85; KM-694.5.


  • 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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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