France 1848-BB 5 francs Dav-92

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 30504
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30504 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $1,057.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 5 Francs 1848-BB MS66 NGC, Strasbourg mint, A lovely example with appealing slate-gray toning and golden highlights. Popular issue featuring Hercules flanked by two maidens." This type is commonly called the "Hercules" and was struck 1848-49 at Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon and Strasbourg. It is common in circulated condition. The "Cérès head" was also struck in 1849. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 2,349,728 plus 898,220 for Louis Philippe.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .7234 troy oz AGW, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, after a design by Augustin Dupré (1748-1833).

Catalog reference: F.326/2, Dav-92; KM-756.2; Gad-683.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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