Finland 1879-S 20 markkaa

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Jean Elsen sale 111, lot 1141
Finland 1879S 20 markkaa rev JElsen 111-1141.jpg
This specimen was lot 1141 in Jean Elsen sale 111 (Brussels, December 2011), where it sold for €360 (about US$554 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FINLANDE, occupation russe, Alexandre II (1855-1881), AV 20 markkaa, 1879 S, Petits coups. Très Beau à Superbe. (Finland, Russian occupation, Alexander II (1855-81), gold twenty markkaa of 1879, tiny rim nicks, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type is listed for 1879-80 and 1891 and was struck to the standard of a French gold twenty francs.

Recorded mintage: 300,000.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW, 21.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-1; Bitkin-612, KM 9.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 111, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.

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