France 1817-L 20 francs

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This issue, from the Bayonne mint, is one of a type struck during the reign of Louis XVIII of France from seven mints. Paris mint issues are reasonably common but the branch mint issues are generally rare. A complete set of this type (1816-24) comprises 34 date and mintmark combinations. Le Franc[1] estimates a total mintage of 12.7 million for the whole type. All gold 20 francs were officially recalled in 1928 but effectively ceased to circulate during World War I.

Specification: 21 mm diameter, 6.45 grams, .900 fine gold, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM. Designed by August François Michaud, 1786-1879.

Mintage: 35,862[1] (priced about 50% higher than the most common date).

Catalog reference: Fr-541, F.519/7, KM 712.5.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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