France AN13-A 40 francs

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50102
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 50102 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,351. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 40 Francs, AN 13 (1804-05)-A. NGC AU-58." Despite the modest mintage, this is one of the common forty francs of Napoleon. Only the 1811-A and 1812-A are cheaper.

Recorded mintage: 251,191.

Specification: 12.90 g, .900 fine gold, 26 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Pierre-Joseph Tiolier and Jean-Pierre Droz.

Catalog reference: Fr-481; KM-664.1; Gad-1081, F.537/1.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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