France 1870-BB 5 francs

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3660
This specimen was lot 3660 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE. II Kaiserreich. Napoleon III. 1852-1870 5 Francs 1870 BB. Strasbourg. Fast FDC. (empire of France, Napoleon III, 1852-70, five francs of 1870, Strasbourg mint. About uncirculated.)"
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 After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Cérès head" type of 1870-71. No "Cérès head" five francs were struck in Strasbourg as the town was under German occupation. The five francs was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 2,022,004.

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), this specimen 24.98 g.

Catalog reference: KM 799.2, F.331/18, Gadoury 739, Dav-96.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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