France 1929 100 francs

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Sincona sale 11, lot 1476
This specimen was lot 1476 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 10,000 CHF (about US$12,380 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH 3. Republik, 1871-1945. 100 Francs 1929. Typ Bazor. Sehr selten. nur 15 Exemplare geprägt. Gutes vorzüglich. (France, third republic (1871-1945), one hundred francs of 1929, Bazor type, very rare, good extremely fine.)"
This coin is a prototype for a projected reintroduction of gold coinage after the devaluation of the franc by Poincaré in the late twenties. In 1935-36 thirteen million were minted but a further drop in the value of the franc prevented their general release and the type is scarce today.

Recorded mintage: 15[2].

Specification: 6.55 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, reeded edge. It was designed by Lucien Bazor, this specimen 6.51 g.

Catalog reference: F.554/2, KM 880, Gadoury 1148, Fr-598.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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