France 1849-A 5 francs Dav-93

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Jean Elsen sale 110, lot 1255
France 1849A 5 francs rev JElsen 110-1255.jpg
Sincona sale 4, lot 4799
The first specimen was lot 1255 in Jean Elsen sale 110 (Brussels, September 2011) where it sold for € 110 (about US$177 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Deuxième République (1848-1852), AR 5 francs, 1849 A, Paris. Type Cérès. Différents: main/chien. Nettoyée. presque Superbe. (France, Second Republic (1848-52), silver five francs of 1849, Paris mint, Cérès head type. Privy marks: hand and dog's head. Cleaned, about Extremely Fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 4799 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 2,200 CHF (about US$2,930 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[3] noted,
"FRANKREICH Deuxième République, 1848-1852 5 Francs 1849, Paris. 24,99 g. Feine Tönung. FDC. (France, second republic, five francs of 1849, Paris mint. Beautiful toning, uncirculated)"
Two privy mark combinations are noted for this date; the one shown, hand and dog's head, is common; the hand and hand combination is rare. 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.

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Eugène-André Oudiné (1810-87).

Reported Mintage: 7,592,522[2].

Catalog reference: Gad-719, F.327/1, KM 761.1, Dav-93.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 110, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.
  • [3]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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