France 5 and 10 Francs  1878 to 1899
France 5 and 10 Francs 1878 to 1899

France issued these small gold coins between 1878 and 1899. The 10 francs are quite common, but if you can find a 5 franc coin with this design, Whamo! It's super valuable.

any condition: $10,000 US dollars and up

worn: BV
average circulated: BV + $20
well preserved: BV + $80
fully uncirculated: BV + $200
10 franc coins without the 'A' mint mark below the wreath are more common and are worth less, BV + $100 in fully uncirculated condition

In the listing above, 'BV' means 'base value' and is the value of the gold content by itself. Each 10 franc coin contains 0.0933 troy ounces of gold. so multiply the current gold price by 0.0933 and you will get BV. At this writing, gold is selling at $1400 US dollars per troy ounce, so BV = 1400 x 0.0933 = $130. Tomorrow BV will be different, because the price of gold changes every day. Look it up on

Coin: 15341 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Missy, Sat, 31-Aug-2013 23:02:23 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 01-Sep-2013 20:14:06 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 22-Aug-2015 13:13:20 GMT
Requester description: 1899 Obverse side Inscriptions: Republique Francaise, L. Merlee Devices: Mans face, looking right, his hair is braided and fancy, bundle of sticks, olive leaf? Reverse: Inscriptions: Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, 10 Francs, 1899A Devices: A wreath of leaves surrounding the '10 francs'
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