France 1877-A 5 francs
After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the new Third Republic superseded all the imperial types with the "Cérès head" type of 1870-71. This, in turn, was superseded by a revival of the "Hercules" type of the Second Republic, issued 1870-78. The date shown here, 1877-A from the Paris mint, is the last reasonably common date. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.
Recorded mintage: 2,631,994.
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: F.334/19, KM 820.1, Dav-92.
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