The largest denomination of French Francs issued in the 19th and early-20th centuries was the 100 Franc coin. The lone figure to feature on these coins was Napoleon III, one-time President of the Second French Republic and the long-time Emperor of the Second French Empire.
Each 100 Francs France Gold Coin available in this product listing comes to you with a protective plastic flip. These former circulation gold coins feature 90% gold content, with copper making up most or all of the remaining 10% of the metallic alloy. These coins come with the potential for dates that range from 1855 to 1859.
Coins in Almost Uncirculated condition will show only extremely light signs of wear or trace friction on the highest relief points of the coin. Most coins have medium or near-full mint luster still. Please note that Guidance Corporation does not guarantee a specific date mark in advance. All coins are chosen at random after your payment has cleared. If you buy multiples, you may get matching designs and dates.
The obverse of 100 Francs Gold Coins features the right-profile effigy of Napoleon III. This particular denomination was issued only during the Second French Empire, with Napoleon III shown in one of two different designs. The first design was used from 1855 to 1859 and shows a younger Napoleon III without a laurel wreath, as designed by Jean-Jacques Barre. A subsequent 1862 design from Desire-Albert Barre features an older Napoleon III with a laurel wreath on his head.
On the reverse of 100 Francs France Gold Coins, you will find the coat of arms of the French Empire. This design features an ornate shield with swords crossing through the design and an eagle on a smaller shield at the center. You will find edge lettering on these coins as well, with the French phrase DIEU PROTG LA FRANCE.