France 1862-A 5 francs
"FRANCE, Napoléon III (1852-1870), AR 5 francs, 1862 A, Paris. Gad-739. Rare. Nettoyée. Beau à Très Beau. (France, Napoleon III (1852-70), silver five francs of 1862, Paris mint. Rare, cleaned, fine to very fine.)"Tho first struck in 1861, 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 After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Cérès head" type of 1870-71. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.
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).
Recorded mintage: 27,819.
Catalog reference: F.331/3, Dav-96; Gad-739; KM-799.1; VG-3606.
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