France 1865-A 50 francs

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23885
France 1865A 50 francs rev Heritage 3024-23885.jpg

This specimen was lot 23885 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description[1] noted, "Napoleon III gold 50 Francs 1865-A, MS62 NGC, fully lustrous with soft original toning, scarcer date with a mintage of 3,740." This type was struck 1862-68 at Paris and Strasbourg, superseding the previous "bare head" fifty francs of Napoleon III of France. Most specimens trade for a little more than their bullion value. This is a common date, despite the low reported mintage.

Recorded mintage: 3,740.

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: Gad-1112. Schl. 336. Fr-582; F.548/5, KM 804.1.


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  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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