France 1816-W 5 francs
This specimen was lot 13128 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $2,115. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 5 Franc, 1816-W. Lille Mint. NGC MS-65. Toned with attractive underlying luster." Lille mint issues are normally common but this one is rare. Le Franc does not price this coin in this quality.
Recorded mintage: 71,653.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier.
Catalog reference: KM-711.13; Gad-614, Dav-87, F.309/13.
- 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, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.