France AN13-T 1/4 franc

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1263
This specimen was lot 1263 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €750 (about US$991 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AR quart de franc, an 13T, Nantes. Rare Belle patine. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (empire of France, Napoleon I, 1804-14, silver quarter franc of year 13, Nantes mint. Rare, nice patina, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This tiny coin was struck at Nantes under the régime of the emperor Napoleon. It is a very scarce date of a short-lived type (AN 12-14) that remains scarce today. The date reflects a ten year experiment of using the revolutionary calendar (AN 4-14) which set 1789 as year 1.

The quarter-francs of Napoleon ran thru a number of types, none of which are common (catalog numbers taken from Le Franc 10):

  • F.157: Bonaparte Premier Consul (AN 12 only, 323,000 struck for the type)
  • F.158: Napoleon Emperor, revolutionary calendar (AN 12-14, 519,000 struck for the type)
  • F.159: Napoleon Emperor, Gregorian calendar (1806-07, 112,000 struck for the type)
  • F.160: Napoleon Emperor, "Negro head" (1807A only, 41,000 struck)
  • F.161: Napoleon Emperor, laureate head, "République Française" on reverse (1807-08, 23,000 struck for the type)
  • F.162: Napoleon Emperor, laureate head, "Empire Français" on reverse (1809A only, 34,000 struck for the type)

Recorded mintage: 6,789.

Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: F.158/16, KM-654.10; Gad-346.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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