France 1999 655.957 francs
This specimen was lot 3470 in Goldberg sale 104 (Los Angeles, June 2018), where it sold for $1,800. The catalog description noted, "France. 655,957 Francs, 1999. Europa. 2000 mintage. NGC graded Proof 70 Ultra Cameo." Starting in the 1980's, the Paris mint issued so many NCLT's that the standard catalogs had to drop them to keep the books a manageable size. This one was struck to promote the changeover from the franc to the euro. The face value of 665.957 francs = 100 euro.
Recorded mintage: 2,000 proofs.
Specification: 31.10 g, .999 fine gold, 1 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM-1257.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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 104: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.