France 1847-A 5 francs

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1436
This specimen was lot 1436 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 500 CHF (about US$619 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis Philippe, 1830-1848. 5 Francs 1847, Paris. Kl. Kr. Fast FDC. (France, Louis Philippe (1830-48), five francs of 1847, Paris mint, choice uncirculated.)"
The silver five francs of Louis Philippe (1830-48) were issued in massive quantities from numerous mints. Le Franc[2] estimates a total of 335 million were made, counting all sub-types. This issue, from the Paris mint, is common. A complete set of this sub-type (1844-48) comprises 19 date and mintmark combinations, some rather 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: 12,617,926[2] (highest mintage date).

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Nicolas-Pierre Tiolier, this specimen 25.01 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-91; F.325/14, Gadoury 678a, KM 749.1.


  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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