France AN14-W 40 francs

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2229
This specimen was lot 2229 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 3,200 (about US$4,216 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"40 Francs AN 14 (1805). Lille Selten. Sehr schön. (republic of France, Napoleon I, forty francs of the year 14, Lille mint, rare, very fine.)"
While the AN 14-A is fairly common, the AN 14-U and AN 14-W are both very rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

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, this specimen 12.82 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 1081, Schl. 11. Fr-483, F.537/4.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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