France 1842-K 5 francs
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 Bordeaux mint, is scarce, despite the substantial mintage. A complete set of this sub-type (1832-43) comprises 102 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. All silver 5 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.
Mintage: 1,013,789, 1,026,000.
Catalog reference: Dav-91; F.324/96, KM 749.7.
- 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.