France 1861-A 5 francs
This specimen was lot 40516 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 5 Francs, 1861-A. NGC MS-64. Very scarce. Toned with a dark area. From the Madeleine Collection." Tho first struck in 1861 as shown here, virtually all were struck 1867-70; the earlier dates are very rare. Varieties exist with small and large mintmark. This type is commonly called the "Laureate head." After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Cérès head" type of 1870-71. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.
Recorded mintage: 22,098.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .7234 troy oz AGW, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Albert Désiré Barré (1818-1878).
Catalog reference: F.331/1, Dav-96; Gad-739; KM-799.1; VG-3606.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.