France 1887-A 100 francs
The first specimen was lot 1416 in UBS sale 83. The second specimen was lot 23812 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $16,450. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 100 Francs 1887-A, MS62 NGC, extremely rare date with a mintage of 234. The surfaces are lustrous with minimal contact marks. One of the key rarities of the French series and highly elusive in mint state." This type was struck 1878-1906. In 1907, the edge lettering was changed to read LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE. The mintage of all 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, together with 1889, 1894 and 1895, is very rare.
Recorded mintage: 234 (rare date).
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.552/8.
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