France AN13-D 5 francs

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3511
This specimen was lot 3511 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 225 CHF (about US$272 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, I. Kaiserreich. Napoleon I. 1804-1815. 5 Francs AN 13 (1804-1805) D, Lyon. Selten. Schön. (France, first empire, Napoleon I, 1804-15, five francs of the year 13, Lyon mint. Rare, Fine.)"
Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the Lyon mint (mint mark "D") in 1804-05. It is a somewhat common type struck two years only. The various designs of Napoleonic five francs form eight distinct types of which this is the third, struck 1804-06 (AN 13-14) with a complete set of this type comprising 22 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. This date is rare for the type, being priced ten times the common date (An 13-A). It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 24,245.

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, this specimen 24.51 g. Designed by Nicholas Brenet, 1770-1846, and Jean-Pierre Droz, 1746-1823.

Catalog reference: Dav-83; Gadoury 580, KM 662.4, F.303/4.


  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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