1064493 | FRANCE. Napoleon I. (First Empire, 1804-1814). AN XI (1803) AV Medallic Essai 5 Francs. PCGS SP62+. By Tiolier. Paris. Edge: Reeded. BONAPARTE PREMIER CONSUL. Bust right / LE I CONSUL VISITE L'HÔTEL DES MONNAIES LE 21 VENTOSE AN XI. Inscription. Mazard 629 (R5); Gadoury 578a; VG-1204.
Commemorates Napoleon's visit to the Paris mint on the 21st of Ventose, Year XI (March 12, 1803). Beautifully toned and highly attractive. PCGS does not designate French essai strikings as proofs, hence the specimen designation.
Ex. Hess-Divo Auction 293 (October 2002, Lot 177); Possibly Ex-Farouk Collection (Sotheby's February 1954, Lot 504) although difficult to determine from photographic plates. Includes old auction ticket.
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