France 1818-W 20 francs

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Sincona sale 46, lot 398
This specimen was lot 398 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 260 CHF (about US$312 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XVIII. 1814-1824. 20 Francs 1818 W, Lille. Fast vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XVIII, 1814-24, twenty francs of 1818, Lille mint. About extremely fine.)"
This issue, from the Lille mint, is one of a type struck during the reign of Louis XVIII 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 estimates a total mintage of 12.7 million for the whole type. All gold twenty francs were officially recalled in 1928 but effectively ceased to circulate during World War I.

Reported Mintage: 1,314,262, a common date.

Specification: 21 mm diameter, 6.45 grams, .900 fine gold, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, Designed by August François Michaud, 1786-1879); this specimen 6.42 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 1028, Schl. 152. Fr-539, F.519/14, KM 712.8.


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  • 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.
  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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