France 1855-A 50 francs

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 432

This specimen was lot 432 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $3,206.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Second Empire. Napoléon III. 1852-1870. AV 50 Francs à la tête neu. Paris mint; différents: hand/anchor. Désiré-Albert Barre, engraver general. Ch.-Louis Dierickx, director. Dated 1855 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Extremely choice fully lustrous uncirculated. An elegant coin and very rare in this grade. Only two have made MS 65 for the entire bareheaded series of 50 Francs. Purchased from Richard Margolis." This type was struck 1855-59 for France at Paris and Strasbourg, superseding the forty francs of Louis Philippe. It is not rare, particularly in lightly circulated condition, and most specimens trade for their bullion value. This is the commonest date.

Recorded mintage: 151,662[1].

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold; 28 mm diameter, lettered edge; this specimen Ø28 mm, 16.17 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: VG 1111; KM 785.1; Friedberg 571, F.547/1.


  • 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, 2014.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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