France 1902-A 100 francs
This specimen was lot 453 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $5,747.50. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE, Troisième République. 1870-1940. AV 100 Francs. Genus type. Paris mint; différents: cornucopia and torch. Henri-Auguste Patey, engraver general. Régie des Monnaies, directors. Dated 1902 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Virtual gem BU. Fantastic prooflike obverse with satin lustrous reverse. Highest graded for the date. A cut above. Purchased from Century Stamp & Coin, April 1970." 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; this specimen: Ø34 mm, 32.29 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 832, Fr-590, Gadoury-264, F.552/15, VG 1137.
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