France AN13-BB 2 francs

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Sincona sale 26, lot 3098
This half dollar-sized coin was struck at Paris under the régime of Napoleon as emperor. The type was struck AN12-14 only and is rather scarce. It was demonetized in 1869. The catalog[1] notes 35 dates for the type, most very rare. This date is rare. Year 12 (1803-04) represents the first year all the silver and gold denominations appeared. Silver five francs and gold twenty and forty francs had appeared previously but year 12 saw the introduction of the silver ¼, ½, one and two francs. This specimen was lot 3098 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,235 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"France, I. Kaiserreich. Napoleon I. 1804-1815 2 Francs AN 13 (1804-05). BB, Strasbourg. Selten. Fast sehr schön-sehr schön. (France, first Empire, Napoleon I, 1804-15, two francs of the year 13, Strasbourg mint. Scarce, very fine or better.)"

Recorded mintage: 4,329[1].

Specification: 10 g, .900 fine silver, 27 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, 1763-1819. This specimen 9.79 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 496, F.251/13, KM 658.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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