France 1862-A 5 centimes

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Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1574
France 1862A 5 centimes rev JELsen 116-1582.jpg
This specimen was lot 1582 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €160 (about US$243 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon III (1852-1870), Cu 5 centimes, 1862 A, Paris. Fleur de Coin (France, Napoleon III (1852-70), copper five centimes of 1862, Paris mint, uncirculated.)"
This is a common date of a type struck 1861-65. The coinage of bronze was suspended in 1857 but resumed in 1861 using this bust, the "tête laurée." Only Paris, Strasbourg and Bordeaux participated in this later issue.

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

Recorded Mintage: 4,019,432[1].

Catalog reference: F.117/5, KM-771.1; Gad-155.


  • 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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