France 1866-A 100 francs
This specimen was lot 23812 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $9,400. The catalog description noted, "Napoleon III gold 100 Francs 1866-A, MS64 NGC, lightly toned with full mint bloom, very scarce denomination in this certified grade." Altho these large gold coins usually trade for little over their bullion value, this "laureate head" hundred francs is not common. During the 1862-70 period of issue, only 97,210 were minted at Paris and Strasbourg together (compared to 346,000 "bare head" 100 francs and 85 million "laureate head" twenty francs).
Recorded mintage: 9,041.
Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, 35 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Albert-Desiré Barré (1818-78).
Catalog reference: KM 802.1, F.551/6.
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- Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.