France 1825-H 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1065
This specimen was lot 1065 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €200 (about US$278 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Charles X (1824-1830), AR 5 francs, 1825H, La Rochelle. Fines griffes. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Charles X, 1824-30, silver five francs of 1825, La Rochelle mint. Fine scratches, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck during the reign of Charles X (1824-30) from numerous mints. The silver five francs of this regime are divided into two types, most easily distinguished by the position of MICHAUD's name near the base of the king's bust. The specimen shown is the first type and is a rare date from the La Rochelle mint. Many of the 27 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.

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

Recorded mintage: 157,065 (priced about five times the common date in VF).

Catalog reference: Dav-88; Gad-643; F.310/7, KM 720.5.


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  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018

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