France AN12-W 5 francs Dav-82

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Jean Elsen sale 120, lot 1283
France AN12W 5 francs rev JElsen 120-1283.jpg
This specimen was lot 1283 in Jean Elsen sale 120 (Brussels, March 2014), where it sold for €900 (about US$1,480 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Consulat (1799-1804), AR 5 francs, an 12 W, Lille. Rare. Fines griffes. Petites taches au revers. Très Beau à Superbe. (France, Consulate (1799-1804), silver five francs of year 12, Lille mint. Rare, fine scratches, small nicks on reverse, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Lille mint (mint mark "W") in 1803-04. It is a scarce 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 It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 28,007.

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

Catalog reference: Gad-577. KM 659.14, F.301/26, 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 120, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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