1851, France (2nd Republic). Large Silver 5 Francs Coin.
Mint Place: Paris (A)
Denomination: 5 Francs
References: Davenport 93, KM-761.1.
Material: Silver (.900)
Obverse: Wreathed female head to left, with bound hair and pearl necklace. Star above, engraver’s name below.
Legend: REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE. / E.A.OUIDINE.F.
Reverse: Denomination (5 FRANCS) and date (1851) within wreath, mint initial below, flanked by privy marks.
Legend: LIBERTE . EGALITE . FRATERNITE . (privy mark: pointing hand) A (privy mark: oil-lamp)
The French Second Republic (or simply the Second Republic) was the republican government of France between the 1848 Revolution and the coup by Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte which initiated the Second Empire. It officially adopted the motto Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite. The Second Republic witnessed the tension between the “Social and Democratic Republic” (French: la Republique democratique et sociale) and a liberal form of Republic, which exploded during the June Days Uprising of 1848.