France 1864-A 50 francs

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1224
This specimen was lot 1224 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 1000 CHF (about US$1,230 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Second Empire. Napoleon III. 1852-1870. 50 Francs 1864, Paris. Kl. Kr. Vorzüglich-FDC. (France, Napoleon III (1852-70), fifty francs of 1864, Paris mint. Hairlined, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This type was struck 1862-68 at Paris and Strasbourg, superseding the previous "bare head" fifty francs of Napoleon III. It is not rare, particularly in this lightly circulated condition, and most specimens trade for a little more than their bullion value. This is the most common date.

Recorded mintage: 28,862.

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold; this specimen is 16,12 g.

Catalog reference: Gad-1112. Schl. 336. Fr-582; F.548/4, KM 804.1.


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  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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