France 1904-A 100 francs
This specimen was lot 201 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $747.50. The catalog description noted, "1904 (A) 100 francs. Paris mint. MS-63 (NGC). Genius inscribing tablet, legends around/denomination and date in wreath, legends around. Frosty medium gold with strong lustre, a few scattered marks. Purchased from R.L. Steinberg, March 1973." 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: 20,000 (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: 32.28 grams, 34.90 mm.
Catalog reference: KM 832, Fr-590, Gadoury-264, F.552/17.
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