France AN14-A 2 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1805
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 1805 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €170 (about US$268 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AR 2 francs, an 14 A, Paris. presque Très Beau. (France, Napoleon I (1804-14), silver two francs, year 14, Paris mint. About very fine.)"
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[2] notes 35 dates for the type, most very rare. This date is a common 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 quarter, half, one and two francs.

Recorded mintage: 231,540.

Specification: 10 g, .900 fine silver, 27 mm diameter, lettered edge, designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier.

Catalog reference: F.251/27, Gad-495.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.
  • 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.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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