France 1844-BB 5 francs
This specimen was lot 4710 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $483. The catalog description  noted, "France. 5 Francs, 1844-BB (Strasbourg). Louis Philippe I. Original mint fresh luster with light iridescent toning. NGC graded MS-63." The silver five francs of Louis Philippe (1830-48) were issued in massive quantities from numerous mints. Le Franc IX estimates a total of 335 million were made, counting all sub-types. This issue, from the Strasbourg mint, is scarce. A complete set of this later sub-type (1844-48) comprises 19 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: 306,146.
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.325/3, Dav-91; KM-749.2; Gad-678a.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.