France 1858-A 50 francs

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20563
France 1858A 50 francs rev Heritage 3021-20563.jpg

This specimen was lot 20563 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description[2] noted, "Napoleon III gold 50 Francs 1858-A, MS62 NGC, very sharp with soft toning and full mint luster." 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 common date.

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

Recorded Mintage: 85,093[1].

Catalog reference: Gad-1111, Schl. 270, Fr-571; F.547/5, KM 785.1.


  • 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 IX: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2012.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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