France 1859-BB 50 francs

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20912
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 20912 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $977.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Napoleon III gold 50 Francs 1859BB, MS63 NGC, exceptionally nice with satiny surfaces and strong eye appeal." This type was struck 1855-59 in France at Paris and Strasbourg, superseding the forty francs of Louis Philippe. It is not rare and most specimens trade for their bullion value. This is a slightly scarce date.

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold, 28 mm diameter, designed by Jean-Jacques Barré (1793-1855).

Recorded Mintage: 61,534[1].

Catalog reference: Gad-1111, Schl. 270, Fr-571; F.547/8, KM 785.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.
  • [2]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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