France L'AN 9-Q 5 francs

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Sincona sale 63, lot 874
This specimen was lot 874 in Sincona sale 63 (Zurich, June 2020), where it sold for 475 CHF (about US$595 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Consulat, 1799-1804. 5 Francs AN 9 (1800/1801) Q, Perpignan. Gutes sehr schön. Hübsche Patina. (republic of France, consulate, five francs of the year 9, Perpignan mint. Good very fine, Attractively toned.)"
This specimen shown was struck during the Consulate (1799-1804) and was meant to replace the écu of the ancien régime after the execution of king Louis XVI. The Gregorian calendar was replaced by the revolutionary calendar. Year 9, shown here, comprised September 1800 thru September 1801. This "Hercules" type was struck until year 11 (1802-03) from numerous mints, tho only Paris is known for year 4. Le Franc[2] has reanalyzed the type, assigning it catalog numbers 287 thru 300, depending on the position of the obverse legend ("UNION ET FORCE"), the details of the oak wreath on the reverse and so forth. As each die was hand made, the varieties are as numerous as those of United States bust half dollars or early large cents. Overdates and repunched mintmarks and privy marks are common. The type was produced in the millions and is not rare in low grades but the price ascends rapidly with grade. This is a rather scarce date.

Recorded mintage: 173,918.

Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 g, .900 fine silver, edge lettered GARANTIE NATIONALE, designed by Augustin Dupré (1748-1833), this specimen 24.93 g.

Catalog reference: F.287/62, Gadoury 563a, Dav-1337.


  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona sale 63: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, SINCONA Bullion Auction, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2020.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.

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