France 1855-BB 50 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 1161
This specimen was lot 1161 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €700 (about US$873 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon III (1852-1870), AV 50 francs, 1855 BB, Strasbourg. 6.854 p. frappées. Rare. Fines griffes et petit coup sur la tranche. Belle couleur. Superbe. (France, Napoleon III (1852-70), gold fifty francs of 1855, Strasbourg mint. Rare, fine scratches and small rim nick, nice color, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1855-59 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 a slightly better date.

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold; 28 mm diameter, lettered edge.

Recorded mintage: 6,850[1].

Catalog reference: Gad-1111; Fr-572; KM 785.2; F.547/2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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