France 1834-H 5 francs

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Goldberg sale 70, lot 4002
Goldberg sale 70, lot 4002
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4002 in Goldberg sale 70 (Los Angeles, September 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. 5 Francs, 1834-H (La Rochelle). Louis Philippe I. Brilliant mint luster with patchy toning. NGC graded MS-62." The silver five francs of Louis Philippe (1830-48) were issued in massive quantities from numerous mints. Le Franc IX[1] estimates a total of 335 million were made, counting all sub-types. This issue, from the La Rochelle mint, is fairly 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.

Recorded mintage: 2,182,520.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.

Catalog reference: Dav-91; KM-749.5; Gad-678, F.324/31.


  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 35th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 70: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2012.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc IX: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2012.

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