France 1848-A 5 francs Dav-91

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The silver 5 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 Paris mint, is not the highest mintage reported but is common. 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 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. Designed by Joseph François Domard, 1792-1858.

Mintage: 3,048,692[1], 3,196,000[2].

Catalog reference: F.325/17, Dav-91; KM 749.1.


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

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