France 1903-A 100 francs
This specimen was lot 29757 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 100 Francs 1903-A MS62 NGC, Paris mint, Choice for the grade with much fewer visible marks than are typically acceptable at the grade designation. From The Baron Collection." 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 (common 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, Gadoury-264, F.552/15, VG 1137.
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