France 1885-A 100 francs
This specimen was lot 635 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 100 Franc, 1885-A. PCGS MS-64." 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 but not as rare as the mintage would indicate.
Recorded mintage: 2,894.
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: Gad-1137, KM 832, Fr-590, F.552/6.
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