France AN12-A 20 francs Fr-480

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This issue, from the Paris mint, is the only common date of a type struck AN 11-12 (1802-04). The 20 francs of Napoleon are divided into seven types, of which this is the first. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate during World War One. A complete set of this type comprises two dates, AN XI-A and AN 12-A. The entire production run totaled about 1,046,000 pieces. This date is the common date.

Specification: 21 mm diameter, 6.45 grams, .900 fine gold, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier (1763-1819).

Mintage: 988,244[1], 988,000[2].

Catalog reference: F.510/2, KM 651, Fr-480.


  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2012.
  • [2]Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.

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