France AN12-A 5 francs Dav-82

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 2409
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 2409 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 5 Francs, AN 12A (1803/4). Premier Consul. Light traces of adjustment marks. Toned. NGC MS-62." Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Paris mint (mint mark "A") in 1803-04. It is a somewhat scarce type. The various designs of Napoleonic five francs form eight distinct types of which this is the second, struck 1803-04 (AN 12) with a complete set of this type comprising fifteen date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. This date is common for the type. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 3,453,967.

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, 1763-1819.

Catalog reference: Dav-82, KM-660.1; Gad-579, F.301/9.

Source:

  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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