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    1868 $5-25 Francs in Aluminum
    Judd-659, PR65 Cameo

    1868 $5 Dual Denomination $5-25 Francs, Judd-659, Pollock-732, Low R.7, PR65 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Anthony Paquet's design for an international five dollar coin equal to the value of a proposed 25 franc piece. The obverse depicts Liberty, facing left, with her hair bound by a ribbon and star at the front. The reverse is simply inscribed 5 / DOLLARS / 25 / FRANCS in the center with a laurel and oak wreath surrounding. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. Examples of this pattern were coined in copper and aluminum, each with either a plain or reeded edge. The four varieties are identified as Judd-656 through Judd-659, and about a dozen of each are known, according to USPatterns.com.

    Paris was the site of a June 1867 international monetary convention that convened to discuss an international gold coinage based on the French franc. The result was a coinage bill that was introduced to produce a U.S. five dollar-25 franc gold coin with a weight of 124.45 grains, rather than the standard 129 grains. This is a remarkably attractive and problem-free example. The fields are deeply mirrored and the devices heavily frosted, the combination producing the always attractive cameo contrast. A few darker specks of color are seen on each side, but none are problematic.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29PD, PCGS# 416279)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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