France 1857-A 20 francs
The first specimen was lot 50108 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $974. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 20 Franc, 1857-A. PCGS MS-65." This type is one of the most common gold coins in existence (146 million minted 1853-60) yet is very difficult to assemble in choice condition.
Recorded mintage: 19,208,790.
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Jacques-Jean Barré.
Catalog reference: Fr-573; KM-781.1; Gad-1061, F.531/12.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.