France 1857-A 50 francs

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1214
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 1214 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 900 CHF (about US$1,107 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Second Empire. Napoleon III. 1852-1870. 50 Francs 1857, Paris. Vorzüglich-FDC. (France, Napoleon III (1852-70), fifty francs of 1857, Paris mint. Extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This type was struck 1855-59 at Paris and Strasbourg, superseding the forty francs of Louis Philippe. It is not rare, particularly in this lightly circulated condition, and most specimens trade for their bullion value. This is the most common date.

Recorded mintage: 319,320.

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold; this specimen is 16,13 g.

Catalog reference: Gad-1111, Schl. 270, Fr-571; F.547/4, KM 785.1.


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  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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