France 1863-A 5 francs
This specimen was lot 20493 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $5,760. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 5 Franc, 1863-A. Paris Mint. PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. Intricately detailed with absolutely shimmering luster in the fields and only the faintest instances of handling that determine the grade. RARE in Mint State and almost never seen in comparable quality, the one exception in archived auction records being an ungraded example that was sold as FDC (fleur-de-coin) in a 2017 MDC (Monaco) auction and brought 6,000 Euros (approximately $7,150) hammer. Ex: Heritage auction, June 2007, Lot #50786." Tho first struck in 1861, virtually all were struck 1867-70; the earlier dates are very rare. This type is commonly called the "Laureate head." After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Cérès head" type of 1870-71. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .7234 troy oz AGW, 37 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Albert Désiré Barré (1818-1878).
Recorded Mintage: 14,997, a rare date.
Catalog reference: F.331/5, Gad-739; KM-799.1; VG-3753, Dav-96.
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