France 1811-A 20 francs

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24553
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This specimen was lot 24553 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "Napoleon gold 20 Francs 1811-A, MS65 NGC, lightly toned and original with full mint bloom, a lovely example and highly elusive in this select certified grade." This issue, from the Paris mint, is a common date of a type struck 1809-15. After the year 14, the revolutionary calendar was dropped in favor of the traditional Gregorian calendar. The twenty francs of Napoleon are divided into seven types, of which this is the seventh. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate during World War One. A complete set of this type comprises 42 date and mintmark combinations. The entire production run totaled about 1.7 million pieces.

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).

Recorded Mintage: 3,702,681[2].

Catalog reference: Gad-1025; Fr-511, KM 695.1, F.516/16.


  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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