One French 5 Francs coin, minted between 1861-1870, in Fine or better circulated condition. "A" mintmark, struck at the Paris mint. These coins have seen moderate circulation, but the design features and lettering are still defined. All coins have original surfaces, with no signs of cleaning or polishing.
A French silver crown of Empire Napoleon III, AKA Louis Napoleon. Louis Napoleon was the nephew of the famous Napoleon Bonaparte, but never quite reached the heights of his uncle's success. Originally democratically elected as the French president, Louis Napoleon organized a coup d'etat and seized control of the government after the French parliament refused to let him run for a second term. After declaring himself Emperor of France, Napoleon III quickly led the country in a more belligerent direction and became embroiled in wars with several other European powers. Lacking the military genius of his uncle, Napoleon III eventually met defeat at the hands of the nascent Prussian Empire and lived out the rest of his life in exile.
|Years||1861 - 1870|
|Metal Alloy||Silver (.900 fine)|
"NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR"
"EMPIRE FRANCAIS" | "5 F"
"DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE"
The photograph illustrates the quality of the coin(s) you will receive, not the exact item. The year will be of our choosing.
|1861 A||22,098||"A" = Paris mintmark|
|1861 E||very few||"E" = Essai (pattern). Rare|
|1862 A||27,819||Rare no mintmark variety exists|
|1865 BB||72,557||"BB" = Strasbourg mintmark|