1/2 Franc First French Empire (1804-1814) Silver Napoleon (1769 - ...

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1810, France (1st Empire), Napoleon I. Silver ½ Franc (Demi)


Mint Year: 1810
Mint Place: Paris (A)
Reference: KM-691.1.
Denomination: ½ Franc (Demi Franc)
Diameter: 18mm
Material: Silver
Weight: 2.36gm


Obverse: Laureate bust of Napoleon I right, engraver´s signature (Tiolier) below.
Legend: NAPOLEON EMPEREUR.


Reverse: Denomination (DEMI FRANC.) in words within wreath.
Legend: EMPIRE FRANCAIS . (cock) 1810. (A)

Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who had a significant impact on the history of Europe. He was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul of the French Republic and Emperor of the First French Empire.

Born in Corsica and trained as an artillery officer in mainland France, he rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led successful campaigns against the First and Second Coalitions arrayed against France. In 1799, Napoleon staged a coup d'état and installed himself as First Consul; five years later he crowned himself Emperor of the French. In the first decade of the nineteenth century, he turned the armies of France against every major European power and dominated continental Europe through a series of military victories – epitomised in battles such as Austerlitz and Friedland. He maintained France’s sphere of influence by the formation of extensive alliances and the appointment of friends and family members to rule other European countries as French client states.

The French invasion of Russia in 1812 marked a turning point in Napoleon’s fortunes. His Grande Armée was wrecked in the campaign and never fully recovered. In 1813, the Sixth Coalition defeated his forces at Leipzig, invaded France and exiled him to the island of Elba. Less than a year later, he returned and was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. Napoleon spent the last six years of his life under British supervision on the island of Saint Helena, where he died in 1821. The autopsy concluded he died of stomach cancer though Sten Forshufvud and other scientists in the 1960s conjectured that he had been poisoned with arsenic.

Napoleon developed few military innovations, drew his tactics from different sources and scored major victories with a modernised French army. His campaigns are studied at military academies the world over and he is widely regarded as one of history’s greatest commanders. While considered a tyrant by his opponents, he is remembered for the establishment of the Napoleonic code, which laid the administrative foundations for much of Western Europe.

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Posted by: anonymous  2016-07-19
CoinWorldTV 1808, France (1st Empire), Napoleon I. Silver "Fine Bust" ½ Franc. PCGS AU-58! Mint Year: 1808 Reference: KM-680.3. Mint Place: Strasbourg (BB) Denomination: ½ Franc (Demi Franc) Condition: Certified and graded by PCGS as AU-58! Diameter: 18mm ...

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-05-01
1812,FRANCE. 1/2 Franc, 1812-A. ANACS AU-55.KM-691.1; Gad-399. Dark attractive old toning.

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-05-01
1812,FRANCE. 1/2 Franc, 1812-A. PCGS MS-65 Secure Holder.KM-691.1. Sharply struck with lovely iridescent toning.PCGS#: 150785

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-03-02
France. ½ Franc, 1813-A. KM-691.1; Gad-399. Napoleon I. Laureate head. Brilliant mint luster. NGC graded MS-64. Estimated Value $200 - 250. Categories: World Crowns and Minors

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-03-02
France. ½ Franc, 1812-A. KM-691.1; Gad-399. Napoleon I. Laureate head. Reddish-blue toning. NGC graded MS-66. Estimated Value $300 - 400. Categories: World Crowns and Minors

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Posted by: anonymous  2015-02-17
FRANCE 1808A 1/2 Franc Napoleon Silver XF

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France AE 10 Centimes 1871 A France, IIIe République. AE 5 Centimes Cérès 1871 A (30 mm, 10.03 g), Paris. KM 815.1. Presque FDC.

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France, AR 50 Centimes 1881 A France, IIIe République. AR 50 Centimes 1881 A (2.46 g), Paris. Gad. 419. FDC.

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France, AR 50 Centimes 1895 A France, IIIe République. AR 50 Centimes 1895 A (2.50 g), Paris. Gad. 419. FDC.
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