France 1810-A 20 francs

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Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lot 615
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This specimen was lot 615 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $499.38. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 20 Franc, 1810-A. NGC MS-63. A few marks on Napoleon's cheek, but otherwise a handsome example." This is a common date of a common type but choice specimens are surprisingly scarce.

Recorded mintage: 1,934,466.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Pierre Joseph Tiolier.

Catalog reference: Fr-511; KM-695.1; Gad-1025, F.516/8.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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