France AN14-L 2 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1652
This specimen was lot 1652 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €450 (about US$596 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AR 2 francs, an 14L, Bayonne. Seulement 1210 p. frappées. Extrêmement rare. Beau. (empire of France, Napoleon I, 1804-14, two francs of the year 14, Bayonne mint, only 1,210 pieces struck. Extremely rare, Fine.)"
This half dollar-sized coin was struck at Bayonne 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, including four examples known for this date. This date is very scarce. 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: 5,177.

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

Catalog reference: F.251/32, Gad-495.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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