France 1832-W 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 123, lot 969
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This specimen was lot 969 in Jean Elsen sale 123 (Brussels, December 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Louis-Philippe (1830-1848), AR 5 francs, 1832 W, Lille. Petits coups. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis Philippe (1830-48), silver five francs of 1832, Lille mint, small nicks, extremely fine.)"
The silver five francs of Louis Philippe (1830-48) were issued in massive quantities from numerous mints. Le Franc[1] estimates a total of 335 million were made, counting all sub-types. This issue, from the Lille 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: 9,267,515[1].

Catalog reference: Dav-91, KM 749.13, F.324/16, Gad-678.


  • 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.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 123, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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