France L'AN 9-G 5 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1520
France AN 9G 5 francs rev JElsen 116-1520.jpg
This specimen was lot 1520 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €8,500 (about US$12,901 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Consulat (1799-1804), AR 5 francs, an 9 G, Genève. Union et Force. Très Rare. Nettoyée. Très Beau (republic of France, silver five francs of year 9, Geneva mint, Union and Force type. Very rare, cleaned, very fine.)"
This type was struck during the years 4-11 (1795-1804 in the conventional calendar) with this being one of the rarest issues. Some auctioneers catalogue this coin as Swiss, with some reason as it was struck in Geneva during the French occupation, but it is unequivocally a French coin. The Geneva mint struck French coins until year 13 (1805) but the issues are all rare today.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, edge lettered GARANTIE NATIONALE, designed by Augustin Dupré (1748-1833).

Recorded Mintage: 6,985.

Catalog reference: F.288/58, KM 639.4, Gad-563a; D.T-260a; Dav-81.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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