France AN12-M 5 francs Dav-83

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3649
This specimen was lot 3649 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 475 CHF (about US$570 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE. Kaiserreich. Napoleon I. 1804-1815 5 Francs AN 12 (1803-1804) M. Toulouse. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Leicht justiert. (empire of France, Napoleon I, 1804-15, five francs of the year 12, Toulouse mint. Very fine-extremely fine. Minor adjustment marks.)"
Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Toulouse mint (mint mark "M") in 1803-04. It is a rather scarce type struck part of one year only. 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 thirteen date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. This date is the second most common after Paris. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 427,169.

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, 1763-1819; this specimen 24.85 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-83; F.302/8, Gad-579.


  • 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]Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.

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