France 1856-BB 5 centimes

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Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1578
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This specimen was lot 1578 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €60 (about US$91 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon III (1852-1870), Cu 5 centimes, 1856 MA, Marseille. Superbe à Fleur de Coin (France, Napoleon III (1852-70), copper five centimes of 1856, Marseille mint, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
The regime of Napoleon III finally carried out plans developed during the 1840's to melt down and remint all the old copper circulating in France, some of it dating back to before the Revolution of 1789. Several branch mints were reopened for this purpose. The existing mints were Paris ("A"), Strasbourg ("BB") and Bordeaux ("K"); the reopened mints were Lille ("W"), Marseille ("MA"), Rouen ("B") and Lyon ("D").

Specification: 5 g, bronze, 25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Jacques Barré (1793-1855).

Recorded Mintage: 10,622,652[1].

Catalog reference: F.116/32, KM-771; Gad-152.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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