France 1793-A 24 livres

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Goldberg sale 46, lot 552
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
This specimen was lot 552 in Goldberg sale 46 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $14,500. The catalog description[1] noted,
"France. Gold 24 Livres, 1793-A (Paris). 7.62 grams. First Republic, Convention, 1792-1795. Winged genius (angel) right, inscribing 'Constitution' on tablet supported on altar, fasces and Liberty Cap at left, rooster at right; REGNE DE LA LOI. Reverse: Value and mintmark within oak wreath; around, REPUBLIQUE FRANÇOISE, L'AN II. Year 2 of the Revolution, during the so-called reign of the law. Less than the usual softness to obverse strike; reverse very bold. Minimal marks and 'haymarking.' Fields with fine satiny luster. A much better example than typically encountered. Very rare. NGC graded MS-64. Here is the first example of the angel writing upon a tablet, a theme which would become common on French gold coins. Yet this one-year type with the denomination of 24 Livres is anything but common. The Livre denomination would soon give way to the Franc. A classic of the French Revolution."

Specification: 7.62 grams, 24.40 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-478, Gadoury-62.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 46: the Millenia Collection, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2008.
  • 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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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