France 1899-A 100 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 103, lot 1393
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This specimen is lot 1393 in Jean Elsen sale 103 (Brussels, December 2009), where it sold for 880 euro. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Troisième République (1871-1940), AV 100 francs, 1899 A, Paris. Petits coups. Superbe" (France, Third Republic (1871-1940), gold 100 francs, 1899-A, Paris mint. Small nicks and marks, Extremely Fine).
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." Most survivors are bagmarked AU.

Recorded mintage: 10,000 (slightly scarce 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; this specimen: 32.28 grams, 34.90 mm.

Catalog reference: KM 832, Fr-590, Gadoury-1137, F.552/12.


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  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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.

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