France AN12-Q 5 francs Dav-82

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Jean Elsen sale 125, lot 1793
This specimen was lot 1793 in Jean Elsen sale 125 (Brussels, June 2015), where it sold for €315 (about US$419 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Consulat (1799-1804), AR 5 francs, an 12-Q, Perpignan. Très Beau. (France, Consulate (1799-1804), silver five francs of the year 12, Perpignan mint, very fine.)"
Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Perpignan mint (mint mark "Q") 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 scarce for the type, being priced about triple the Paris mint issue. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 578,350 plus 54,659 of Dav-83.

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

Catalog reference: Dav-82; F.301/20, Gad-577.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 125: Collections Dr. Jacques Marneffe, Jean-Marie Chouters et Henri Pottier, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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