France AN12-D 5 francs Dav-82

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 50416
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 50416 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $705. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 5 Francs, AN 12-D (1804). Lyon Mint. NGC AU-55. Dark toned obverse. NGC AU-55. From the Madeleine Collection." Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Lyon mint (mint mark "D") in 1803-04. It is a better date of 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. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 115,664.

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, Gad-577; KM-659.4; VG-1245, F.301/13.


  • 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.
  • 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 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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