France 1826-L 5 francs

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photo courtesy Daniel F. Sedwick, LLC
CNG Lissner sale, lot 384

The first specimen was lot 1130 in Sedwick sale 10 (Winter Park, FL, October 2011), where it sold for $460. The catalog description[1] noted, "France (Bayonne mint), 5 francs, Charles X, 1826-L. 24.9 grams. AU, lustrous and lightly toned, with surface hairlines in fields." The second specimen was lot 384 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $332.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal (Restored). Charles X. 1824-1830. AR 5 Francs. Bayonne mint; différents: initials/tulip. Nicolas-Pierre Tiolier, engraver general. P.-Boniface Darripe, director. Dated 1826 L. In NGC encapsulation graded UNC DETAILS/Excessive surface hairlines. Very brilliant coin which is choice uncirculated but has a few scratches. Good eye appeal." 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 slightly scarce date from the Bayonne 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.

Recorded mintage: 719,004.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM. Designed by Auguste François Michaut, 1786-1879. The second specimen is Ø37 mm, 24.9 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: VG 643; Dav-88; KM 720.8, F.310/22.


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  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #10, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2011.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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