France AN12-K franc KM-656.8

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3462
This specimen was lot 3462 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 350 CHF (about US$422 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Consulat, 1799-1804. 1 Franc AN 12 (1803-04) K, Bordeaux. NGC AU55. (France, consulate, 1799-1804, one franc of year 12, Bordeaux mint, about uncirculated.)"
This issue, from the Bordeaux mint, is a scarce issue of a type struck AN 12-14. A complete set of this type comprises 39 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. In 1806 the French revolutionary calendar was dropped and normal AD dating resumed. The Bordeaux mint also produced one francs with Napoleon's title as Premier Consul (F.200/14).

Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, decorated edge. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, 1763-1819.

Recorded Mintage: 23,771, a better date.

Catalog reference: KM 656.8, F.201/6, Gadoury 442.


  • 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, 2013.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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