France AN12-U 5 francs

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from Kunker sale 263, lot 1724
This specimen was lot 1724 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Consulat, 1799-1804. 5 Francs AN 12 (1803/1804), U, Turin. RR Hübsche Patina, sehr schön. (France, Consulate, 1799-1804, five francs of the year 12, Turin mint. Rare, toned, very fine.)"
Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Turin mint (mint mark "U") in 1803-04. It is a rare date of a somewhat scarce type. The Turin mint did not strike the subsequent type (Dav-83) with Napoleon as Emperor. 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 It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 9,953.

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

Catalog reference: Mazard 436 b, Gadoury 577. KM 659.14, F.301/25, Dav-82.


  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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