France 1849-A 5 francs Dav-92

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40512
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40512 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $3,450. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 5 Francs, 1849-A. NGC PROOF-65 Cameo Secure Holder." This type is commonly called the 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 It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.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: 29,130,599 (most common date) plus 7,592,522 of the Cérès head.

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.326/5, Dav-92; KM-756.1; 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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