France AN14-H 5 francs
This specimen was lot 23552 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description noted, "Napoleon 5 Francs An 14-H, La Rochelle mint, MS62 NGC, pewter gray surfaces with very well-struck features, old-time handling in the obverse fields. A most attractive coin and a scarce low mintage date/mint. Bareheaded bust of Napoleon as Empereur. From The Formosa Collection." It is a Napoleonic five francs struck at the La Rochelle mint (mint mark "H") in 1804-05. It is a somewhat common type struck two years only. The various designs of Napoleonic five francs form eight distinct types of which this is the third, struck 1804-06 (AN 13-14) with a complete set of this type comprising 27 date and mintmark combinations, some very rare. This date is rather scarce for the type. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.
Recorded mintage: 31,457.
Specification: 37 mm diameter, 25 grams, .900 fine silver, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Nicholas Brenet, 1770-1846, and Jean-Pierre Droz, 1746-1823.
Catalog reference: Dav-83; F.303/20, KM 662.6.
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