France 1821-B 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 123, lot 939
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This specimen was lot 939 in Jean Elsen sale 123 (Brussels, December 2014), where it sold for €140 (about US$203 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Louis XVIII, seconde restauration (1815-1824), AR 5 francs, 1821 B, Rouen. Nettoyée. Très Beau. (France, Louis XVIII, second restoration (1815-24), silver five francs of 1821, Rouen mint. Cleaned, very fine.)"
This type was struck during the second restoration of Louis XVIII of France (1814-24) from numerous mints. Many of the 96 dates of this type are known from a handful (<10) of examples. The type is not difficult to find but is expensive in high grade.

Recorded mintage: 122,595[1]. Altho most issues from Rouen are common, this one is very scarce.

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 711.2, Dav-87, Gad-614. F.309/60.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 123, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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