France AN13-I 2 francs

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from Goldberg sale 87, lot 2980
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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. An overdate, AN 13/2, is reported but awarded no premium. This specimen was lot 2980 in Goldberg sale 87 (Los Angeles, September 2015), where it sold for $164.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "France. AN-13 I (Limoges). Napoleon I. Bare head. PCGS graded VF-30."

Recorded mintage: 123,976[1].

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

Catalog reference: F.251/18, KM 658.7.


  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 87: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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