Lot 595

FRANCE
Napoleon III (1852-1870). 100 francs 1861 E, essay on burnished flank smooth edge. 6/5.
Av. Head laurelled right. Rv. Imperial coat of arms on a mantle.
Maz. 1602.

PCGS SP 66+. Extremely rare currency. Pre-series of one of the most popular series. Fields of extraordinary brilliance. Burnished blank and corner flower

Napoleon III. 100 francs 1861 E, cameo proof pattern, plain edge. 6/5. Maz. 1602. Highest grade PCGS SP 66+. Extremely rare corner. Pre-series of one of the most popular series. Fields of an extraordinary eye appeal. Proof and Corner flower.
ナポレオン3世 100フラン金貨 1861年(E) 試作貨プルーフ プレーンエッジ 6/5 Maz.1602 唯一最高鑑定品 PCGS SP66+ 極めて希少 人気シリーズの試作貨シリーズ 光沢のすばらしい鏡面 プルーフ 完全未使用
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The mythical 100 Francs 1861: The 100 Francs gold coin can be considered the most emblematic French currency of the 19th century. Because of its weight, diameter, metallic and graphic qualities, it was popular from the start with French people wishing to ensure comfortable and lasting savings. Mass minted (up to 100,000 copies in 1857) from 1855 to 1913, it is especially exemplary for many European countries. When the Latin Union was set up in 1865, on the initiative of France, the monetary practices and systems in use in a large part of the old continent had to adapt, evolve and finally achieve harmonisation. They will last until the First World War. Inevitably, few 100 franc coins were exceptional. For the reign of Napoleon III, one in particular stands out. In 1862, the Monnaie de Paris produced more than 6,000 copies of the new 100 franc "laureate's head" coin. Shortly before that, extremely rare presentation coins were produced in 1861. Striked on a burnished blank and then preserved in the best conditions, our copy can be considered the flagship of this universal currency.

PCGS has a policy of calling French Proof patterns SP and does not use the cameo terminology, whereas NGC properly calls French patterns Proof and uses the cameo terminology. This coin has never been seen by NGC. If it is submitted by them, the auctioneer certifies that NGC will grade it a minimum of PR66 Cameo. This is a "Proof only" year meaning that no coins dated 1861 were issued for normal commerce. The mythical 100 francs gold coin can be considered the most emblematic French coin of the 19th century. By its weight, diameters, metallic and graphic qualities, it was acclaimed from the outset by French people wishing to ensure comfortable and lasting savings. Minted en masse (up to 100000 in 1857) from 1855 to 1913. When the Latin Union was set up, from 1865 and at the initiative of France, the practices and monetary systems in use in a large part of the old continent will have to adapt, evolve to finally achieve an harmonization. They will last until the First World War. Inevitably, a few 100 franc coins are exceptional. For the reign of Napoleon III, one stands out particularly. In 1862, the Monnaie de Paris produced more than 6000 new 100 francs known as the "laureate head". Shortly before, extremely rare presentation coins were produced in 1861. Of a Proof strike and then stored in the best conditions, our lot can be considered a gem in world numismatics.

19世紀フランスコインの象徴と言われる100フラン金貨。その重量、直径、素材の質、デザイン画から、快適に永く持てる財産として、当初からフランス人たちの圧倒的支持を受けています。1855年から1913年にかけて大量に鋳造(1857年には10万枚発行)されたこの金貨は、特に多くのヨーロッパ諸国にとって基準となりました。1865年フランスが指揮をとったラテン通貨同盟締結時に旧大陸で広く導入された通貨システムは、最終的に浸透するまでに発展し、第一次世界大戦まで使われました。
当然ながら格別な100フランはごくわずかですが、ナポレオン三世の時代にひとつ際立つものがあります。1862年パリ造幣局は6000枚以上の100フラン「月桂冠」を製造しましたが、その直前の1861年に展示用に製造されたものは大変希少です。好条件の中で保存されたプルーフ仕上げ、こちらのコインは世界的通貨の花形の一枚と言えます。