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    Astounding 1855 Essai 100 Francs
    Ex. Farouk Collection

    Napoleon III gold Proof Essai 100 Francs 1855-A PR65 Cameo NGC, Paris mint, Maz-1600 (R4), VG-3405. Plain edge. An immensely rare pattern, likely known in quantities of three or four, and nearly identical to the adopted design from that year, with the only differences of substance being the placement of an A above BARRE on the obverse and the "pointing finger" privy mark to the left of the date on the reverse. The surfaces, as are suggested by the Gem grade, remain wonderfully fresh with gleaming fields and satin-textured design elements. Yellow-gold tone sits around the peripheries of both sides and serves to frame the centers, bringing them into heightened focus. A great coin that is only enhanced by its legendary pedigree.
    Ex. Farouk Collection (Sotheby's 2/1954 - Lot 575)




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    August, 2014
    8th Friday
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