France 1840-D 5 francs
This issue, from the Lyon mint, is a very rare date of a type struck 1832-48. This design, by Domard, replaced the Tiolier bust type struck 1831 only. Le Franc IX estimates a total of 335 million were made, counting all sub-types. A complete set of this sub-type (1832-43) comprises 102 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. All silver five francs were officially recalled in 1928 but ceased to circulate in France after World War I. This coin was legal tender in the United States until 1857 at a value of 93 cents.
Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.
Catalog reference: Dav-91, F.324/84, KM 749.
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- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.