France 1823-L 5 francs
This specimen was lot 23855 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description noted, "Louis XVIII 5 Francs 1823-L, Bayonne, MS65 NGC, a choice and fully original piece with full mint bloom and gorgeous gold, blue-green and russet patina. Rarely seen in this exceptional quality." Many of the 96 dates of this French type are known from a handful (<10) of examples. The type is not difficult to find but is expensive in high grade.
Recorded mintage: 897,595 (a better date).
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879, this specimen 25.1 grams.
Catalog reference: KM 711.8, Dav-87; F.309/81.
- 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.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.