France 1900-A 100 francs
This specimen was lot 40113 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,762. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 100 Franc, 1900-A. NGC AU-58." 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: 20,260.
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.
Catalog reference: Fr-590; KM-832; Gad-1137, F.552/13.
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- Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.