France 1813-flag 5 francs

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UBS sale 85, lot 761
This type was struck 1809-14 in large quantities. It is the most common Napoleonic coin. This specimen, from the Utrecht mint, is a rare date, especially compared to the 1811-A (over 31 million minted). This specimen was lot 761 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 250 CHF (about US$285 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Königreich, Premier Empire. Napoleon I. (1804-1814) 5 Francs 1813, Utrecht. Kr. Sehr schön. (empire of France, Napoleon I (1804-14), five francs of 1813, Utrecht mint. Cleaned, very fine."
The Utrecht mint was occupied by French forces during Napoleon's rule and used to strike coins of French design. After his fall, the mint resumed issuing Dutch coins.

Recorded mintage: 362,000[3], 212,540[2].

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier. This specimen 24,76 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-85, F.307/74, KM 694, Gad. 584, Sch-166.


  • [2]Peters, T., J. Scheper and J. Mevius, Muntalmanak 2014, 31e editie, Amsterdam: Nederlandse vereniging van munthandelaren, 2013.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [3]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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