France 1875-A 5 francs
This specimen was lot 22157 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $52. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 5 Francs, 1875-A. NGC MS-63. Normal "A". Dark toned. From the Madeleine Collection." A complete set of this type comprises 24 date and mintmark combinations. The entire production run, 1871-78, totaled about 73 million pieces. Only two mints struck this type: Paris ("A") and Bordeaux ("K"). This date is common. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in the 1920's.
Recorded mintage: 13,338,560.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .7234 troy oz AGW, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, after a design by Augustin Dupré (1748-1833).
Catalog reference: Gad-745a; KM-820.1; VG-3861, F.334/14, Dav-92.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc IX: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.