France 1832-D 5 francs
This specimen was lot 39130 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 5 Franc, 1832-D. Lyon Mint. NGC MS-65. The finest certified example by three points at either NGC and PCGS. A real sight to behold, the portrait and obverse fields are flawless with brown tone hidden away in only the very deepest recesses which serves to amplify the crisp strike and hair detail. All white reverse with equally impressive reflective fields. The finest graded 5 Franc from the Lyon Mint for any date struck during the entire 18 year reign of King Louis Philippe. A stellar example which is sure to greatly enhance the future collection it inhabits." The silver five francs of Louis Philippe (1830-48) were issued in massive quantities from numerous mints. Le Franc estimates a total of 335 million were made, counting all sub-types. This issue, from the Lyon mint, is common. A complete set of this middle sub-type (1832-44) comprises 102 date and mintmark combinations, some quite scarce. All silver five francs were officially recalled in 1928 but ceased to circulate after World War I. This coin was legal tender in the United States until 1857 at a value of 93 cents.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.
Recorded Mintage: 1,723,009.
Catalog reference: Dav-91, KM 749.4, F.324/5, Gad-678.
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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.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.