France 1859-A 5 francs d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1083
This specimen was lot 1083 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €64 (about US$89 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon III (1852-1870), AV 5 francs, 1859A, Paris. Très Beau. (empire of France, Napoleon III, 1852-70, gold five francs of 1859, Paris mint. Very fine.)"
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: 5,741,592, the most common date along with 1857-A.

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

Catalog reference: Gad-1001; Fr. 578a, F.501/7.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018

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