France ANXI-A franc

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Ponterio sale 151, lot 9175
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Mountain Groan Collection
France An XIA franc rev DSLR.jpg

The first specimen was lot 9175 in Ponterio sale 151 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $373.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Franc, AN XI-A (1802-03). Toned, planchet flaw on obverse. Nice strike. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." This type was struck ANXI and AN12 only and represents the first franc struck under the new decimal coinage system. Previous years (AN4-AN10) had seen only silver five francs issued. This Paris mint issue is moderately common but expensive in nice condition.

Recorded mintage: 231,868[2].

Specification: 23 mm diameter, 5 grams, .900 fine silver, decorated edge. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier, 1763-1819.

Catalog reference: KM 649.1, F.200/1.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 151: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
  • [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.

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