France 1878-A 100 francs
This specimen was lot 23910 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 100 Francs 1878-A, MS62 PCGS, lightly toned with a few small contact marks, scarce grade for this first date of the type." This type was struck 1878-1906. In 1907, the edge lettering was changed to read LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE. The mintage of all French gold coinage was suspended in 1914. Of the three types of large gold 100 francs, 346,000 were struck of Napoleon III "bare head," 97,000 were struck of Napoleon III "laureate head," and 274,000 were struck of the "génie." This issue is a better date.
Recorded mintage: 12,814.
Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Albert Desiré Barré after a design by Augustin Dupré.
Catalog reference: KM 832, Fr-590, F.552/1.
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