France AN12-Q 5 francs Dav-83

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Jean Elsen sale 122, lot 906
France An 12Q 5 francs rev JElsen 122-906.jpg
This specimen was lot 906 in Jean Elsen sale 122 (Brussels, September 2014), where it sold for €550 (about US$843 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AR 5 francs, an 12 Q, Perpignan. Hybride avec le revers du type Premier Consul. Très Rare. Beau. (France, Napoleon I (1804-14), silver five francs of the year 12, Perpignan mint, mule with the reverse of the First Consul type. Very rare, 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. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 54,659.

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-83; F.302/11, 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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