One French 5 Francs coin, minted between 1870-1889, in Fine or better circulated condition. These coins have seen moderate circulation, but the design features and lettering are still well-defined. Our coins have original patina/toning, and have never been cleaned.
These large, high-purity silver coins display the symbolic "Hercules group" design of the talented French engraver Augustin Dupré. The legendary hero Hercules, representing power, rests his hands on the shoulders of two women. Just as Hercules battled with horrendous monsters and beasts, the French Republic battled against the French monarchy. Hercules' female companions are personifications—the Republic stands on the left, holding a staff topped by a liberty cap, while Justice stands on the right with a scale. The reverse inscription translates as, "Liberty - Equality - Fraternity," three guiding principles for the young republic.
|Country||France (3rd Republic)|
|Metal Alloy||Silver (.900 fine)|
|Obverse||"LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE"
("Liberty Equality Fraternity")
|Reverse||"REPUBLIQUE FRANCAIS" | "5 Francs"
("French Republic" | "5 Francs")
|Edge||"DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE"
("God protect France")
|Mintmarks||A (Paris), K (Bordeaux)|
The photograph illustrates the quality of the coin(s) you will receive, not the exact item. The year will be of our choosing.
|1870 A||261,000||"A" = Paris mintmark|
|1871 K||74,609||"K" = Bordeaux mintmark|
|1878 A||1,154||Very rare|