France AN13-H 5 francs

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Sincona sale 26, lot 3094
This specimen was lot 3094 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 850 CHF (about US$1,050 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"France, I. Kaiserreich. Napoleon I. 1804-1815 5 Francs AN 13 (1804-05). H, La Rochelle. Selten. Sehr schön (France, first Empire, Napoleon I, 1804-15, five francs of the year 13, La Rochelle mint. Scarce, very fine.)"
Shown is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the La Rochelle mint (mint mark "H") in 1804-05. It is a scarce date of a somewhat scarce type. The various designs of Napoleonic five francs form eight distinct types of which this is the fourth, struck 1804-06 (AN 13-14) with a complete set of this type comprising 27 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Nicholas Brenet, 1770-1846, and Jean-Pierre Droz, 1746-1823; this specimen 24.61 g.

Recorded Mintage: 35,076[2].

Catalog reference: Gadoury 580, Dav-83; F.303/6.


  • [2]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, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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