France AN12-M 5 francs Dav-82

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24546
France AN12M 5 francs rev H3026-24546.jpg

This specimen was lot 24546 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Napoleon Premier Consul 5 Francs An 12-M, Toulouse, AU53 NGC, nicely toned with luster in the legends, faint adjustment marks at the base of the bust. Very scarce type in this quality." Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Toulouse mint (mint mark "M") in 1803-04. It is a common 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 It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.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.

Recorded Mintage: 1,199,306[2].

Catalog reference: Dav-82; KM 659.10, F.301/20.


  • [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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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