France AN13-U 1/4 franc

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Goldberg sale 55, lot 1344
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 1344 in Goldberg sale 55 (Beverly Hills, October 2009), where it sold for $960.25. The catalog description[1] 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 55: Ancient & World Coins, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2009.

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