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France 1, 2, and 5 Francs  1861 to 1870
France 1, 2, and 5 Francs 1861 to 1870

Napoleon's 1, 2, and 5 franc silver coins all have the same pattern shown here, but the size, of course, is different from denomination to denomination. In general these are valuable coins, with catalog values as follows:

1 FRANC, 22 mm diameter, 0.134 troy ounces silver
worn: $10 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $45
fully uncirculated: $150

2 FRANCS, 26 mm diameter, 0.268 troy ounces silver
worn: $15 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $280

5 FRANCS, 37 mm diameter, 0.723 troy ounces silver
worn: $15 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $140
fully uncirculated: $380

Be sure you understand what 'catalog value' means. Use our Important Terminology page. Note that the coin in our picture has weak deformations in the metal near the rim. This lowers value.

DO NOT CLEAN YOUR COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

Beware also that this coin is heavily counterfeited. Sad to say, counterfeiting rare coins is a big business, and the crooks don't make copies of inexpensive coins. They focus on the valuable ones like this.

Not only that, Purple1's coin has been heavily polished, which lowers collector value to zero. The give-away is that Purple1 says the coin is 'worn' and looks 'shiney or polished.' With such damage the coin is worth only its weight in silver. Use kitco.com to look up the current value of silver per troy ounce.

Coin: 4754 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: purple1, Tue, 06-Jul-2010 14:54:04 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 31-Aug-2013 17:36:27 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 04-Nov-2015 15:26:14 GMT
Requester description: 1866 front of coin has picture of Napoleon III Emperur picture is facing left. under picture is barer Back of coin has a shield worn year 1866 2 on left side F on right side left side of shield top is France left side the letters ER are the ending of a word that is probaly Emperuer
Tags: france 1 2 5 francs franc gaul francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase francai fran fracaise franks frank fancs napoleon iii emperur emperor shield year letters monogram ending end emperuer napolean napoleonic napoleone napoleanic emp imperator empereur empress emperer imperatore emporer emperio emperado emperador empreradur emperator imperat arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials ends empire barre impire drapery sword eagle hawk falcon circle ring curtains drapped drape draped curtain drapes sworeds swordlike swords broadsword saber eaglets egals egal eagles eagel circled encircle circlet circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed

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