France 1905-A 100 francs

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from Jean Elsen sale 134, lot 1828
This specimen was lot 1828 in Jean Elsen sale 134 (Brussels, September 2017), where it sold for €1,150 (about US$1,624 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Troisième République (1871-1940), AV 100 francs, 1905A, Paris. Petits coups. Superbe. (France, Third Republic, gold one hundred francs of 1905, Paris mint. Minor nicks, 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: 20,000 (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: Gad-1137; Fr-327, F.552/18.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 134, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.
  • 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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