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France 25 and 50 Centimes, 1/2, 1, 2, and 5 Francs  1830 to 1848
France 25 and 50 Centimes, 1/2, 1, 2, and 5 Francs 1830 to 1848

Yo, Jake -- Your 1847 5 franc coin catalogs for $20 US dollars in average circulated condition. If it were in uncirculated condition, the value would rise to several 100 dollars. These are catalog values for undamaged coins. Be sure you understand what 'catalog' means. Look at the Important Terminology link at the upper left. Generally, catalog values are very much inflated over actual buy and sell values.

France issued silver coins with the same pattern in 25 and 50 centimes, and 1/2, 1, 2, and 5 franc denominations. They all look the same, with Louis Philippe I, king of France (roi des Francais) on the 'heads' side and a wreath with the denomination, date, and mint mark on the 'tails' side. There are other patterns issued during this same time period, but this page applies only to coins that look like our picture.

Here is a run-down of approximate catalog values for these coins. These values apply to all dates and mint marks. Any special dates and mint marks in a series are called out separately. To qualify for these values, a coin must be free of all problems such as cleanings, scratches, stains, spots, nicks, gouges, and the like.

25 CENTIMES, 14 mm diameter, 0.036 troy ounces silver
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $10
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $70
25 centimes with BB, K, and W mint marks are more rare and are worth roughly twice these values

50 CENTIMES, 16 mm diameter, 0.072 troy ounces silver
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $18
well preserved: $36
fully uncirculated: $80
50 centimes with B, BB, K, and W mint marks are more rare and are worth roughly twice these values

1/2 FRANC, 16 mm diameter, 0.072 troy ounces silver
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $14
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $130
1/2 franc coins dated 1831BB, 1831L, 1831M, and 1831T are more rare and are worth roughly twice these values
1/2 franc coins dated 1831MA are very rare and catalog at $600 in average circulated condition
1/2 franc coins dated 1834Q are very rare and catalog at $500 in average circulated condition

1 FRANC, 22 mm diameter, 0.144 troy ounces silver
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $40
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $200
all 1 franc coins dated 1831, regardless of mint mark, are much more valuable and catalog at about $300 in average circulated condition
1 franc dated 1835L are more rare and are worth about three times these values

2 FRANCS, 26 mm diameter, 0.289 troy ounces silver
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $45
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $400
2 francs coins dated 1837MA mint mark are very rare and catalog at $600 in average circulated condition

5 FRANCS, 35 mm diameter, 0.723 troy ounces silver
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $30
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $300
5 francs coins dated 1830 and 1831 are much more valuable, with an approximate catalog value of $140 in average circulated condition
5 francs dated 1839MA catalog at $200 in average circulated condition.

There are many twists and turns with the values of these series. If you have a nice looking specimen with a mint mark other than 'A', seek out a knowledgeable collector or coin dealer for an in-person appraisal.

CoinQuest thanks Perry Hall Coins for use of their picture of this grand old coin. It's a beauty.

Coin: 850 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: jake hawkes, Fri, 31-Jul-2009 19:53:56 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 30-Dec-2012 18:53:08 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sun, 30-Dec-2012 18:53:08 GMT
Requester description: on one side there is a mans head wearing a wreath with the words louis philippe I roi des francais and domard.f in tiny letters below the head on the other side there is a wreath around the outside with 5 francs 1847 written in the middle
Tags: france 25 50 centime cmes centimes 1 2 5 franc francs frank fancs wreath one ones man boy male boys mans head louis philip philipv philippvs phil phipip filip philipvs felipe philippus philippe phillip i roi des francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase fance francai fran fracaise domard letter leters letters lettering lettered

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