France 1870-A 5 francs Dav-93

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CNG Lissner collection, lot 440
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 440 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,331. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE, Le Gouvernement de la Défense Nationale. 1870-1871. AR 5 Francs. Ceres type. Paris mint; différents: bee and anchor. Désiré-Albert Barre, engraver general. Renouard de Bussière, director. Dated 1870 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Superb choice brilliant uncirculated with full luster and just a hint of patina. Claims to a higher grade. First year of a two year type. Purchased from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, September 1966." The Paris mint issued four types of five francs in 1870, reflecting the political chaos; first the Napoleon III "laureate head," then the Cérès head, without reverse legend, then this type with the reverse legend and finally the Hercules type, which was used until the five francs was terminated in 1878.

Recorded mintage: 1,185,100 (with and without legend) plus 335,609 (Hercules) plus 6,246,264 (Napoleon III)[2].

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .7234 troy oz AGW, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, the first specimen Ø37mm, 25.01 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: VG 742; KM 818.1, F.333/1, Dav-93.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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