France 1856-A 5 francs d'or

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from Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 6393
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 6393 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $423. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 5 Franc, 1856-A. NGC MS-64. Sharply struck and lightly toned." This denomination was introduced in 1854 at 14 mm diameter and a plain edge. Later in 1854, the design was revised to add a reeded edge and in 1855 the diameter was increased to 17 mm. Gold five francs were struck until 1868.

Recorded mintage: 2,959,617.

Specification: 1.61 g, .900 fine gold, 17 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jacques-Jean Barré.

Catalog reference: Fr-578a; KM-787.1; Gad-1001, F.501/2.


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

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