France 1826-BB 5 francs
This type was struck during the reign of Charles X (1824-30) from numerous mints in France. 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 Strasbourg mint. Many 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: 410,744 (priced about six times the common date in VF).
Catalog reference: Dav-88; F.310/17, KM 720.3.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.