France 1863-BB 100 francs

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 29714
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This specimen was lot 29714 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Napoleon III gold 100 Francs 1863-BB AU53 NGC, Strasbourg mint. A slightly circulated issue with antiqued-golden tone and instances of bloom within the protected areas. The wear is evenly distributed throughout and while minor ticks are noticeable, they are not exactly noteworthy. With a mintage of just 3,745 pieces, a large gold issue scarcely available and highly-coveted." Altho these large gold coins usually trade for little over their bullion value, this "laureate head" hundred francs is not common. During the 1862-70 period of issue, only 97,210 were minted at Paris and Strasbourg together (compared to 346,000 "bare head" 100 francs and 85 million "laureate head" twenty francs).

Recorded mintage: 5,078[1].

Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, 35 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Albert-Desiré Barré (1818-78).

Catalog reference: KM 802.2, Fr-581, F.551/3.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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