France 1998 50 francs
This specimen was lot 2399 in Goldberg sale 103 (Los Angeles, February 2018), where it sold for $376. The catalog description noted, "France. 50 Francs, 1998. Treasures of the Nile. Reverse: Sp[h]inx and pyramids. NGC graded Proof 69 Ultra Cameo." This NCLT, issued to promote the Musée du Louvre, was accompanied by a silver ten francs (KM 1205). The Paris mint has issued so many commemoratives in recent decades that the regular French catalogs, such as Gadoury, don't list them.
Recorded mintage: 5,000 proofs.
Specification: 8.45 g, .920 fine gold, 22 mm diameter, 0.250 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM-1208.
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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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 103: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.