France AN12-I 5 francs Dav-83

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Sincona sale 26, lot 3090
This specimen was lot 3090 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"France, I. Kaiserreich. Napoleon I. 1804-1815 5 Francs AN 12 (1803-04). I, Limoges. Fast sehr schön. (France, first Empire, napoleon I, 1804-15, five francs of the year 12, Limoges mint. Choice very fine.)"
Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Limoges mint (mint mark "I") in 1803-04. It is a scarce date of a rather scarce type. The various designs of Napoleonic five francs form eight distinct types of which this is the third, struck 1803-04 (AN 12) with a complete set of this type comprising thirteen date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, 1763-1819; this specimen 24.54 g.

Recorded Mintage: 90,138 as Empereur plus 421,811 as Premier Consul[2].

Catalog reference: Dav-83; F.302/5.


  • [2]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]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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