France 1904-A 50 francs

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Heritage sale 3008, lot 21187
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21187 in Heritage sale 3008, where it sold for $1,495. This type was struck 1878-1904. Of the 26,945 struck of this rare type, 20,250 are dated 1904, but even the 1904's are expensive. Most survivors are bagmarked AU.

Recorded mintage: 20,250 (commonest date).

Specification: 16.13 g, .900 fine gold, .462 troy oz AGW, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Albert Desiré Barré after a design by Augustin Dupré.

Catalog reference: Fr-591; KM-831; Gad-1113, F.549/7.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc VIII: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2009.

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