France 1862-BB 50 francs

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, lot 22533
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Sincona sale 59, lot 1428
The first specimen was lot 22533 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 50 Francs, 1862-BB. Strasbourg Mint. Napoleon III. NGC AU-58. Sharply struck with rich golden color on the obverse." The second specimen was lot 1428 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it sold for 750 CHF (about US$908 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"II. Kaiserreich. Napoleon III. 1852-1870. 50 Francs 1862 BB, Strasbourg. Napoleon mit Kranz. Vorzüglich. Kleine Randfehler. ([[France], second empire, Napoleon III, 1852-70, fifty francs of 1862, Strasbourg mint, laureate head. Extremely fine, Minor edge flaws.)"
This type was struck 1862-68 at Paris and Strasbourg, superseding the previous "bare head" fifty francs of Napoleon III. It is not rare, particularly in this lightly circulated condition, and most specimens trade for a little more than their bullion value. This is a common date.

Recorded mintage: 7,310.

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold, the second specimen 16.14 g.

Catalog reference: F.548/2, Fr-583, Gad-1112, KM-804.2.


  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • 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.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019

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