France 1869-A 100 francs

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24586
France 1869A 100 francs rev H3026-24586.jpg

This specimen was lot 24586 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $2,937.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Napoleon III gold 100 Francs 1869-A, MS62 PCGS, nicely toned with full luster, typical small surface marks." This specimen is the commonest date of a series struck 1862-70 during the régime of Napoleon III of France. All 97 thousand were struck at the Paris (mintmark "A") and Strasbourg (mintmark "BB") mints. The type appears fairly frequently in auctions, usually in XF-AU. The 1870-A is very rare. This type is commonly called the "Laureate head" and is very nearly the weight of a United States twenty dollar gold piece. After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Génie" type of 1878-1906. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 28,872.

Specification: 32.25 g, .900 fine gold, 35 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Albert Désiré Barré (1818-1878).

Catalog reference: F.551/12, KM 802.1.


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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 Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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