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France - Hercules Grp. 1848 Revolution

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With the advent of the French Second Republic of 1848 - 51, the mint revived the design of the Hercules Group first seen in An 10 (1801). As part of the group, the allegorical figure of France holds the masonic level. I know Hercules symbolized strength and is seen in the private coinage of the Monnerons during the French Revolution and the Boulton coinage of 1792 and on. Here Hercules is shown clad in his traditional lion-skin, standing behind Libertas and Aequitas. The design was replaced with the Ceres Head issues but was to return again. Paris struck these on revived steam driven presses (beginning in 1846) and they used sectional collared dies. The edge inscription is "DIEU PROTOGE LA FRANCE ***," this inscription was dropped for the for the 1849 A issue. I guess they initially forgot that they were supposed to be anti-church. This example is well preserved and very well struck with a fine wire rim on the reverse.
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Keywords: French 5 Franc of 1848 Revolution
Denomination: 5 Francs
Reference #: KM 756.1
Date/Mintmark: 1848 A (Paris) lettered edge
Condition: XF+
Weight: 25g.; 32mm; .7234 ASW
Metal: .900 silver
Additional Categories: Revolution!

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