France AN12-G 1/2 franc KM-648.4
This dime-sized coin was struck at Geneva under the régime of Napoleon as Premier Consul, before he made himself emperor. The town was then under French occupation. This specimen was lot 2763 in UBS sale 83. The type was struck AN11-12 only and is rather scarce. It was demonetized in 1869. The catalog notes 14 dates for the type, some very rare. This date is very rare; only the AN12-U is priced higher. Year 12 (1803-04) represents the first year all the silver and gold denominations appeared. Silver five francs and gold 20 and 40 francs had appeared previously but year 12 saw the introduction of the silver ¼, ½, 1 and 2 francs.
Recorded mintage: 7,407.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, decorated edge. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, 1763-1819. The SCWC incorrectly lists the weight as 2.25 g.
Catalog reference: F.173/5, KM 648.4.
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- 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.