The 20 Franc Gold Rooster Coin that ran from 1899-1914 is a highly sought after coin among collectors as it ran for a very short time. This is what is considered the Marianne Rooster design. To find one of these coins in BU is extremely rare. These coins are in AU condition which is a little easier to find.
- Coins dated between 1899 and 1914
- Made of .1867 Troy oz of .90 fine gold AU condition
- Face value of 20 Francs backed by the French government.
- Obverse side has a portrait of Marianne, the symbol of the French people
- On the reverse side is an image of a rooster
Marianne Rooster design as this coin came to be called was issued in 1899 and was an instant hit among the French people. This design is the most famous design perhaps because people of all classes liked it. Due to its popularity, the Paris Mint used this design until 1914. Despite being made for 15 years, the 20 Franc Gold Coin is very hard to find in BU condition.
The reverse side of the coin is a portrait of Marianne. Marianne is the symbol of the French people like Lady Liberty is the symbol of the American people. This portrait was designed by artist J.C. Chaplain. Marianne represents Liberty and reason. Here she is facing right and wearing a wreath of leaves. Around her image is ‘REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE’.
On the reverse side is the Gallic Rooster, another Symbol of France perhaps like Uncle Sam in the United States. The rooster symbolizes the country’s culture and rich history. Arched above the image of the rooster is ‘LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE’. To the left of the rooster’s feet is ‘20’ and to the right is ‘Fcs’. Below the image is the year of issue between 1899 and 1914.
Get your hands on one of these wonderful pieces of French history. They would make a wonderful addition to your collection. Buy yours today.