France 1900-A 50 francs

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Sincona sale 9, lot 4369
This specimen was lot 4369 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it sold for 7000 CHF (about US$8,854 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Troisième Republique, 1871-1940. 50 Francs 1900, Paris. Äußerst seltener Jahrgang. Nur 200 Exemplare geprägt. Vorzüglich. (France, third republic, 1871-1940, fifty francs of 1900, Paris mint. Extremely rare date, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1878-1904. Of the 26,945 struck of this rare type, 20,250 are dated 1904, but even the 1904's are expensive. Most survivors are bagmarked AU.

Recorded mintage: 200.

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold, .462 troy oz AGW, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Albert Desiré Barré after a design by Augustin Dupré, this specimen 16,11 g.

Catalog reference: Gad. 1113, Schl. 428, Fr. 591, F.549/5.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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