France 1848-D 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 1148
This specimen was lot 1148 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €200 (about US$249 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Deuxième République (1848-1852), AR 5 francs, 1848 D, Lyon. Type Hercule. Rare. Nettoyée. Beau à Très Beau. (France, second republic (1848-52), silver five francs of 1848, Lyon mint, Hercules type. Rare, cleaned, fine to very fine.)"
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 It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

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).

Recorded Mintage: 145,882[1] (the key date).

Catalog reference: Gad-683, F.326/3, Dav-92, KM-756.3.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.

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