France AN13-K 1/2 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 103, lot 961
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This specimen is lot 961 in Jean Elsen sale 103 (Brussels, December 2009), where it sold for 500 euro. The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AR demi-franc, an 13 K, Bordeaux. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe" (France, Napoleon I, 1804-14, silver half franc, An 13 K, Bordeaux mint. Nice patina, Very Fine to Extremely Fine).
This type was struck An 12-14 (1803-05) with 25 different date-mintmark combinations, of which the An 13-A and An 13-M are the most common. Le Franc[1] prices the An 13-K about double the common date.

Recorded mintage: 36,374.

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, decorated edge, designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier.

Catalog reference: F.174/16, Gadoury 395.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 103, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, s.a, 2009.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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