France 1935 100 francs
This specimen was lot 23601 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 100 Francs 1935, MS66 NGC, an exceptionally choice piece with satiny surfaces and full mint bloom." This coin was part for a projected reintroduction of gold coinage after the devaluation of the French franc by Poincaré in the late twenties. In 1935-36 thirteen million were minted but a further drop in the value of the franc prevented their general release and the type is scarce today.
Recorded mintage: 6,102,100.
Specification: 6.55 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE. It was designed by Lucien Bazor.
Catalog reference: F.554/6, KM 880, Gadoury 1148, Fr-598.
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- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.