France 1870-A 5 francs Dav-96
This specimen was lot 23802 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $4,993.75. The catalog description noted, "Napoleon III Proof 5 Francs 1870A, Proof 65 NGC, a gorgeous coin with original blue-green and pewter gray patina and flashy mirror surfaces. Very rare and desirable in Proof." This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1861-70 during the régime of Napoleon III. All 49 million were struck at the Paris (mintmark "A") and Strasbourg (mintmark "BB") mints. Virtually all were struck 1867-70; the earlier dates are very rare. 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 After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Cérès head" type of 1870-71. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.
Recorded mintage: 6,246,264.
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: KM 799.1, F.331/17, Dav-96.
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