France AN13-A 1/2 franc

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This issue, from the Paris mint, is the highest mintage reported for the type. A complete set of this type (An 12-14) comprises 25 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. In 1806 the French revolutionary calendar was dropped and normal AD dating resumed. The specimen shown is a doubled die obverse variety, most visible on the back of Napoleon's neck, but Le Franc[1] notes that it is as common as the normal.

Specification: 18 mm diameter, 2.5 grams, .900 fine silver, decorated edge. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, 1763-1819.

Mintage: 426,412[1], 427,000[2].

Catalog reference: F.174/10, KM 655.1.


  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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