France AN13-G 2 francs

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Sincona sale 18, lot 3468
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 the commonest date. 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 3468 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 1,600 (about US$2,108 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"2 Francs AN13 (1804). Sehr selten. Schön-sehr schön. (France, two francs of the year 13, Geneva mint. Very rare, fine to very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 12,847[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 9.33 g.

Catalog reference: D.T. 264, HMZ 2-353b, F.251/15, KM 658.5.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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