France 1870-A 5 francs Dav-97
This specimen was lot 22519 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $373.75. The catalog description noted, "Third Republic 5 Francs 1870A, AU-UNC, some minor marks, strong original luster. Ceres head type, Paris mint. Very Scarce type with no reverse legend." After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Cérès head" type of 1870-71. The "Cérès head" obverse was mated with two different reverses, with (F.333) and without reverse legend (F.332, shown here). It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.
Recorded mintage: 1,185,100 (including F.333 (= Dav-93) with reverse legend).
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .7234 troy oz AGW, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE.
Catalog reference: KM 818.1, F.332/1, Dav-97.
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- Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.