France 5 Francs  1800 to 1889
France 5 Francs 1800 to 1889

Hi Kendra -- I am not sure of the significance of the man and two women, but this pattern has been used on many French coins over the years, including L'AN 10 (the year 1802) and continuing through 1889. I think the man is Hercules.

Many of these are valuable coins. If you have a nice looking example, seek out a knowledgeable collector or professional coin dealer for an in-person inspection. The list below shows catalog value for coins in well preserved condition. In better condition, the catalog value is approximately doubled. Worse condition, with lots of wear and low eye appeal, figure one-half to one-quarter of these values.

L'AN 4 to L'AN 11 with A, L, or Q mint mark: about $250
L'AN 5 with L mint mark: $800
L'AN 10 with G mint mark: $2000
L'AN 4 to L'AN 11, all other mint marks: about $450

1848 or 1849 with BB mint mark: about $150
1848 or 1849 with K mint mark: about $300
1848 with D mint mark: $700
1848 or 1849 all other mint marks: about $80

1871 with K mint mark: about $600
1872 with K mint mark: about $2000
1870 to 1872 with A mint mark: about $250
1873 to 1877 with A or K mint marks: $45
1878 with A mint mark: about $1800
1878 with K mint mark: about $250

These are all inflated catalog values. Use our Important Terminology link to understand what 'catalog value' means.

Coin: 3540 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Kendra, Mon, 29-Mar-2010 21:12:19 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 24-Jun-2013 02:45:43 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 14-Oct-2015 02:26:03 GMT
Requester description: 1875 the device is a hercules like man with two women on each side. the women are holding hands across the man. Each woman is holding an object in the other hand. The left has a spear or maybe a flame on a long torch. The woman on the right has a triangle thing. The man is naked, except for a loincloth and has his arms on the womens' shoulders.The inscription says 'liberte egalite fraternite'. the other side inscription says ' republique francaise' and 5 francs 1875 with branches around it. The rim of the coin has the inscription ' dieu protecte la france' and stars inbetween the words.
Tags: france 5 francs franc gaul francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase francai fran fracaise franks frank fancs hercules man two women woman hands hand object spear flame torch triangle naked loincloth arms shield womens shoulders shoulder inscription monogram liberte liberty egalite fraternite republique republic branches branch rim dieu protecte protect stars star hercvlis herakles hercule herculane hercvles heracles heraclius herculius male mens mans femal lady female feminine fem womans females ladys princess ladies handshake shaking objects tourch torches triangular triangles nude sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon script letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials liberate libertas libertad libertao liberta libertate liberdad libertatis fraternity fratenite fraternit repub repbulique republik republ republican republicas republicia reipvblicae republiove republiek repvbliqve republica repvbblica republika rebublique repvblica republicans repvblique twigs stalks spray sprig limb stick twig sprays sprigs branching stalk branched sticks protective protectorates protectorate protector starrs wreath people wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths person peoples peple persons


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