France 1810-U 20 francs

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2432
This specimen was lot 2432 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 1,600 CHF (about US$1,930 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"I. Kaiserreich. Napoleon I. 1804-1815. 20 Francs 1810 U, Turin. Selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (France, first empire, Napoleon I, 1804-15, twenty francs of 1810, Turin mint. Rare, Very fine-extremely fine.)"
This issue, from the Turin mint, is a rare date of a type struck 1809-15. The twenty francs of Napoleon are divided into seven types, of which this is the final and most numerous. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France during World War One.

A complete set of this type comprises 45 date and mintmark combinations. The entire production run, 1809-15, totaled about 14.3 million pieces. This date is priced about triple the common date (1811A or 1812A).

Specification: 21 mm diameter, 6.45 grams, .900 fine gold, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Jean-Pierre Droz (1746-1823) and Pierre Joseph Tiolier (1763-1819). This specimen 6.42 g.

Recorded Mintage: 2,331[1].

Catalog reference: F.516/14, Gadoury 1025. Montenegro 26 (R3), Fr-515, KM 695.9.


  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.
  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.

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