The French franc has had many different designs over throughout history. Late into the 19th Century one design was featured for many years, the Guardian Angel. Here is your opportunity to own a part of French History.
- Coins are dated between 1871 and 1898
- Made of .1867 Troy oz of .90 fine gold in AU condition
- Face value of 20 Francs backed by French government
- On the obverse is the design of the Guardian Angel known as Genius.
- The reverse features the wreath and legend inscription.
- Actual year received is contingent on stock on hand
The design for this coin was created by Augustin Dupres. His inspiration came from an incident in his life. He was sentenced to death by guillotine during the French Revolution. As the executioner was set to pull the rope, he was startled by a bolt of lightning and delayed the execution. During this stay, Dupres received a stay of execution and he credited his good fortune to having an angel coin in his pocket. This idea of a guardian angel figured into the death of Napoleon Bonaparte. The story goes that he, too, carried an angel coin but lost the coin the night before he lost at the Battle of Waterloo.
On the obverse of the coin is the image of Genius, the Guardian Angel. Here her winged image shows her writing on the French constitution. To the right of her, a rooster watches. Above the image is ‘Republique Francaise’.
The reverse of the coin has a wreath of laurel leaves. Around the outside is the French motto, ‘LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE’ which translates to ‘LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY’. In the center of the laurel leaves is ‘20 FRANCS’ and the year of issue between 1871-1898.
Here is a great opportunity to get your hands on a part of French History and add some gold to your collection-Some gold with character. Get yours today.