France 1846-BB 5 francs

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The silver five francs of Louis Philippe (1830-48) were issued in massive quantities from numerous mints. Le Franc[1] 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 sub-type (1844-48) comprises 19 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. By 1846, all the branch mints except Strasbourg, Bordeaux ("K") and Lille ("W") were closed. 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: 810,013.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, 37 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dav-91; F.325/11, KM 749.2, Gad. 678a.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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