France AN13-A 1/4 franc

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This tiny coin was struck at Paris under the régime of the French emperor Napoleon. It is the commonest date of a short-lived type (AN 12-14) that remains scarce today. The date reflects a ten year experiment of using the revolutionary calendar (AN 4-14) which set 1789 as year 1.

The quarter-francs of Napoleon ran thru a number of types, none of which are common (catalog numbers taken from Le Franc VIII):

  • F.157: Bonaparte Premier Consul (AN 12 only, 323,000 struck for the type)
  • F.158: Napoleon Emperor, revolutionary calendar (AN 12-14, 519,000 struck for the type)
  • F.159: Napoleon Emperor, Gregorian calendar (1806-07, 112,000 struck for the type)
  • F.160: Napoleon Emperor, "Negro head" (1807A only, 41,000 struck)
  • F.161: Napoleon Emperor, laureate head, "République Française" on reverse (1807-08, 23,000 struck for the type)
  • F.162: Napoleon Emperor, laureate head, "Empire Français" on reverse (1809A only, 34,000 struck for the type)

Recorded mintage: 128,363[1], 128,000[2].

Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: F.158/8, KM 654.1.


  • [2]Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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