France 1862-A 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 1184
This specimen was lot 1184 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €280 (about US$349 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"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 After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Cérès head" type of 1870-71. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.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[1].

Catalog reference: F.331/3, 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.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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