France 1858-A 50 francs
This specimen was lot 20563 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description 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.
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.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc IX: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2012.
- 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.