France 1825 5 francs Maz-900

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Jean Elsen sale 143, lot 1707
This specimen was lot 1707 in Jean Elsen sale 143 (Brussels, December 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Charles X (1824-1830), AR module de 5 francs, 1825. Visite du prince de Salerne et de la duchesse de Berry à la Monnaie de Paris. Rare Léger choc sur la tranche. Belle patine. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (kingdom of France, Charles X, 1824-30, silver medal of five francs size of 1825, on the visit of the prince of Salerno and the duchess of Berry to the Paris mint. Rare, rim bump, nice toning, Extremely Fine - Uncirculated.)"
These monnaies de visite are actually medals, struck to commemorate the visit of various dignitaries, usually royalty, to the mint. As they often match the module of normal coinage, doubtless they occasionally circulated. This design is also known in bronze.

Reported Mintage: unknown but few.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, lettered edge, designed by Tiolier.

Catalog reference: KM M16a, Gad-645a; Mazard 900, VG-2629.


  • 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.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 143, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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