France 1859-A 50 francs

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2466
This specimen was lot 2466 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"II. Kaiserreich. Napoleon III. 1852-1870. 50 Francs 1859 A, Paris. Vorzüglich. Kleiner Randfehler. (Second empire of France, Napoleon III, 1852-70, fifty francs of 1859, Paris mint. Extremely fine, Minor edge nick.)"
This type was struck 1855-59 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 slightly scarce date.

Recorded mintage: 34,042[1].

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold, 28 mm diameter, designed by Jacques-Jean Barré, this specimen 16.08 g.

Catalog reference: KM 785.1; Gadoury 1111. Fr-571, F.531/14.


  • 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 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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