France 1854-A 5 francs d'or

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50109
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

The first specimen was lot 50109 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $538. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE.5 Franc, 1854-A. PCGS MS-64+. Plain edge." Later in the year, the design was revised to add a reeded edge and 2,870,170 more were struck of that variety. Gold five francs were struck until 1868.

Recorded mintage: 690,838.

Specification: 1.61 g, .900 fine gold, 14 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jacques-Jean Barré.

Catalog reference: Fr-578; KM-783; Gad-1000, F.500/1.


  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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