France AN14-U 40 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 1002
This specimen was lot 1002 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €3,450 (about US$4,302 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AV 40 francs, an 14 U (sur 13), Turin. Seulement 1.199 p. frappées. Très Rare. Coups sur la tranche. presque Très Beau. (France, Napoleon I (1804-14), gold forty francs of the year 14, Turin mint. Only 1,199 pieces struck. Rare, rim nicks, about very fine.)"
This type was struck Year 13-14 and is known with only four dates. In 1806, the revolutionary calendar was dropped and Gregorian dates resumed.

Recorded mintage: 300[2], a rare date.

Specification: 12.90 g, .900 fine gold, 26 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Pierre-Joseph Tiolier and Jean-Pierre Droz.

Catalog reference: Fr-482; KM-664.2; Gad-1081, F.537/3.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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