France AN14-U 1/2 franc

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Sincona sale 26, lot 3103
This specimen was lot 3103 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 1,450 CHF (about US$1,791 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"France, I. Kaiserreich. Napoleon I. 1804-1815 1/2 Franc AN14 (1805). U, Turin. Sehr selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (France, first Empire, Napoleon I, 1804-15, half franc of the year 14, Turin mint. Very rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck in France at numerous mints AN 12-14 and a complete set comprises 28 dates and mintmarks. This date from the Turin mint is rare. Le Franc[2] reports no 1806-U half francs are known to exist.

Recorded mintage: 9,568.

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, plain edge, 18 mm diameter, designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier (1763-1819); this specimen 2.48 g.

Catalog reference: F.174/15, Gadoury 395, KM-655.6.


  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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