France 1855-A 5 francs d'or

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The regime of Napoleon III benefitted from increasing prosperity in France in the 1850's. The influx of gold from California raised silver prices, so the regime decided to issue gold five francs alongside the traditional silver five francs. The first issue of 1854 had a 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 and 936,136 more in 1855 (shown here). At the very end of 1855, the design was revised once again to increase the diameter to 17 mm, which type was produced until 1860. Gold five francs were struck until 1868.

Recorded mintage: 936,176 plus 1,346 of the 17 mm variety.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-578; KM-783; Gad-1000, F.500A/2.


  • 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.

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