Each of these coins has one of two different designs featuring Napoleon III and has dates ranging from 1852-1870. These are 20 Franc coins made from .1867 troy oz of .90 fine gold. Here is an opportunity to own a part of history.
- Made of .1867 troy oz of .90 fine gold
- Dates of coins range from 1852-1870
- Obverse has one of two designs of Napoleon III
- Reverse has either a shield design or a design with laurel leaves
- Face value of 20 Francs backed by French government
- Dates and types of design are determined by stock on hand
The obverse of these coins have one of two designs featuring Napoleon III. One design has Napoleon with nothing on his head while the other has him wearing a wreath of laurel leaves. In both designs, above his head is ‘NAPOLEON III’ and ‘EMPEREUR’. Below the image is ‘BARRE’, the name of the engraver. The bare-headed version of Napoleon appears on coins dated between 1852-1860 while the laurel-wreath version of Napoleon is seen on coins from 1961-1870.
On the reverse of these coins are either an ornate looking shield or intertwined laurels. Both designs have ‘EMPIRE FRANCAIS’ at the top. The shield design has a detailed shield with an eagle on it. To the left of it is ‘20’ and to the right is ‘FR’. Below this design is the year of issue. The laurel leaves design has laurel leaves that curve right and left. In the middle is ‘20 FRANCS’ with the issue date underneath. To the left of the date or below the wreath is a mintmark of ‘A’ or ‘BB’. At the edge of both designs is written ‘DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE’ in raised letters.
With a 20 Franc Gold coin, you can own a piece of French history. Imagine what was going on in France when these coins were in circulation. What stories could these coins tell? Get your hands on one of these coins now.