France 1820-A 5 francs

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This type was struck at numerous mints during the reign of Louis XVIII (1814-24). This specimen is from Paris and is considered common. The type is not difficult to find but is expensive in high grade. A complete set comprises 96 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. All French silver five francs were officially recalled in 1928, but ceased to circulate after World War I.

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

Mintage: 3,225,037 (priced about about 20% higher than the commonest date).

Catalog reference: F.309/48, Dav-87; KM 711.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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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