France 1867-A 100 francs
This specimen was lot 23575 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description noted, "Napoleon III gold 100 Francs 1867-A, AU58 NGC, lightly toned with abundant mint luster, minor obverse contact marks. Scarce date with a mintage of 4,309." 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: 4,309.
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 802.1, Fr-581, F.551/8.
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