France AN13-U 1/4 franc
The first specimen was lot 1344 in Goldberg sale 55 (Beverly Hills, October 2009), where it sold for $960.25. The catalog description noted, "France. ¼ Franc, AN 13-U (Turin). Napoleon Empereur. Light adjustment marks. Toned. Very Scarce. Extremely Fine." This tiny coin was struck at Turin under the régime of the emperor Napoleon. It is a rare date of a short-lived type (AN 12-14) that remains scarce today. The Turin mint struck French coins from AN 12 thru 1813 and most of its issues are very rare. 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 VIII):
- 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: 13,936.
Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, 15 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: F.158/17, KM-654.11; Gad-346; Pagani-60 (R2).
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 55: Ancient & World Coins, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2009.
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- An 13-A ½ franc
- An 13-I ½ franc
- An 13-K ½ franc
- An 13-L ½ franc
- An 13-T ½ franc
- An 13-A franc
- An 13-G franc
- An 13-A 2 francs
- An 13-BB 2 francs
- An 13-G 2 francs
- An 13-I 2 francs
- An 13-A 5 francs
- An 13-D 5 francs
- An 13-G 5 francs
- An 13-H 5 francs
- An 13-L 5 francs
- An 13-M 5 francs
- An 13-Q 5 francs
- An 13-U 5 francs
- An 13-W 5 francs
- An 13-A 20 francs d'or
- An 13-Q 20 francs d'or
- An 13-A 40 francs d'or
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