France 1817-L 5 francs

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 4688
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This specimen was lot 4688 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $805. The catalog description [2] noted, "France. 5 Francs, 1817-L (Bayonne). Louis XVIII. Head left. Reverse: Crowned arms. Original mint bloom. NGC graded MS-62." This issue, from the Bayonne mint, is a scarce date of a type struck 1816-24. This type succeeded the uniformed bust type of the first restoration, struck 1814-15. A complete set of this type comprises 96 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. The entire production run, 1816-24, totaled about 104 million pieces. This date is priced[1] about triple the common date (1824A or 1824W). 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.

Recorded mintage: 377,054[1].

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879.

Catalog reference: F.309/22, Dav-87; KM-711.8; Gad-614.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.

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