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Sincona sale 51, lot 2478
This specimen was lot 2478 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 400 CHF (about US$483 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"II. Kaiserreich. Napoleon III. 1852-1870. 20 Francs 1870 BB, Strasbourg. NGC MS64. (Second empire of France, Napoleon III, 1852-70, twenty francs of 1870, Strasbourg mint.)"
This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1861-70 during the régime of Napoleon III. All 85 million were struck at the Paris (mintmark "A") and Strasbourg (mintmark "BB") mints. All dates are readily available altho gems are scarce. This type is commonly called the "Laureate head." After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Génie" type of 1871-98. Strasbourg was occupied and annexed by Germany after the war and the mint there closed. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 1,852,567[1].

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Jacques-Jean Barré.

Catalog reference: KM 801.2; Gadoury 1062. Fr-585, F.532/24.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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