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France 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, and 5 Francs  1806 to 1814
France 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, and 5 Francs 1806 to 1814

These silver coins were minted by Napoleon in varying quantities, varying portraits, varying legends, and varying mint marks. NAPOLEON EMPEREUR is common to all of them, as is the right-facing bust of Napoleon I. The denominations are 1/4 (quart), 1/2 (demi), 1, 2, and 5 francs. Some of the mintages are quite small, making them rare and valuable coins. As always, better condition means better price, but coins that are stained, spotted, nicked, scratched, bent, or cleaned are worth far less.

DO NOT CLEAN YOUR COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

Here is a run-down of approximate catalog values for the common coins in this series (look below to see if you have a 'better date' coin worth more than these 'common dates'):

1/4 (QUART) FRANC, 15 mm diameter, 0.036 troy ounces silver
worn: $80 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $180
well preserved (like our picture): $400

1/2 (DEMI) FRANC, 18 mm diameter, 0.072 troy ounces silver
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $80
well preserved (like our picture): $190

1 FRANC, 25 mm diameter, 0.144 troy ounces silver
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $250
well preserved (like our picture): $500

2 FRANCS, 28 mm diameter, 0.289 troy ounces silver
worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $250
well preserved (like our picture): $700

5 FRANCS, 38 mm diameter, 0.723 troy ounces silver
worn: $60 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $120
well preserved (like our picture): $450

These are catalog values and actual values will be less, as presented on our Terminology page.

The better dates and mint marks are shown below. The value is for coins in average circulated condition:

1/4 (QUART) FRANCS
1807M: $500
1808I: $500

1/2 (DEMI) FRANCS
1807: $500
1809MA: $300
1810H: $300
1814M: $300

1 FRANC
1806MA: $800
1807A: $1000
1807MA: $800
1812BB: $250
1813R: $1500

2 FRANCS
1806U: $1200
1807U: $1200
1807A: $1900
1807K: $1500
1807W: $1500
1808U: $1000
1809U: $800
1810U: $800
1811U: $800
1812flag: $1000
1813flag: $800
1813CL: $2500
1815A: $1400

5 FRANCS
1807 (no mint mark, head as in our picture): $1000
1807H: $600
1808MA: $800
1809U: $800
1810U: $800
1812 (small flag as mint mark): $1000
1813 (small flag as mint mark): $1000
1813CL: $1500
1814CL: $1000

Coin: 3018 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Tom Heist, Wed, 10-Feb-2010 16:39:49 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 23-Aug-2013 12:37:08 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 12-Aug-2015 13:27:09 GMT
Requester description: 1814 NAPOLEON EMPEREUR 5 FRANC EMPIRE FRANCAIS
Tags: france 1 4 2 5 francs franc gaul francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase fance francai fran fracaise franks frank fancs napoleon empereur emperor empire napolean napoleonic napoleone napoleanic imperaior emperer emperuer emporer emperur emperio emperado emperador empreradur eporor emperator impire wreath republique republic greenery wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths repub repbulique republik repcblique repuika republ republicas republicia reipvblicae repubblica reublico republiove republiek repvbliqve republica rupublica repvbblica republika replucique rebublique repvblica replublica republicans republka repvblique repbublic

Comments

Hi I have a napoleon five francs silver coin dated 1808 very good condition markings are very clear it has a bird stamped on it with the letters pw next to it I wonder if you could please tell me the true value of this coin and the mintage many thanks - Jordon hooper
Jordon -- Condition, of course, means a lot. Coin collectors go bonkers over the condition of coins. They have an elaborate scale of condition, ranging from 'poor' to 'mint state.' At CoinQuest we do not address condition on such a scale because there is not enough room on a simple web site for such information. If you are interested, get a coin catalog, which easily contains more than 1000 times the information here on CoinQuest. Assuming your 1808 5 francs is in average circulated condition (what collectors call 'Very Fine' or 'VF-20'), then the catalog value is that shown above: about $120. If your coin has an MA mint mark, which looks like an A stamped over an M, then the value rises as shown above to $800. -- The bird and pw stamp are a mystery. Normal coins do not have either. They could have been stamped into the coin after minting, which would make your coin damaged, lowering the value by at least one-half, maybe more. Take your coin to a knowledgeable collector or a professional coin dealer for an in-person appraisal. All values on CoinQuest are catalog values, which are inflated values. Be sure to read our Important Terminology page to convert catalog values to actual buy and sell values. - CoinQuest (Paul)

  

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