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Revision as of 20:05, 26 September 2012

Jean Elsen sale 114, lot 1223
France 1891A 20 francs rev JElsen 114-1223.jpg
This specimen was lot 1223 in Jean Elsen sale 114 (Brussels, September 2012) where it sold for €565 (about $873 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Troisième République (1871-1940), AV 20 francs, 1891 A, Paris. Petits coups. Superbe. (France, third republic (1871-1940), gold twenty francs of 1891, Paris mint. Small nicks, extremely fine.)"
This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1871-98. This type revives the type struck 1848-49 during the Second Republic. All 86 million were struck at the Paris mint. Most dates are readily available; only the 1888-A is rare. This type is commonly called an "angel" by American dealers but the French name "Génie" is more accurate, as the figure is the Genius of France inscribing the Constitution. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Reported Mintage: 871,000.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, revival of a design by Augustin Dupré (1748-1833).

Catalog reference: Gad-1063; Fr-592, KM 825, F.533/15.

Source:

  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc IX: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2012.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 114, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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