France 1834-T 5 francs
This specimen was lot 4707 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it did not sell. It was offered again in Goldberg sale 70 but also did not sell. The catalog description  noted, "France. 5 Francs, 1834-T (Nantes). Louis Philippe I. Lovely mahogany toning. NGC graded MS-64." 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 Nantes 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: 2,118,377.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.
Catalog reference: F.324/38, Dav-91; KM-749.12; Gad-678.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.