France 1826-W 20 francs

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 32785
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32785 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $576. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles X gold 20 Francs 1826-W AU50 NGC, Lille mint. Mintage: . A notably elusive mint and date for the type, preserved in a very presentable state, a few scattered handling marks noted in line with the grade, though a still bright and flashy appearance exists about the fields." Paris mint issues are reasonably common but the branch mint issues are all rare. A complete set of this type (1825-30) comprises 17 date and mintmark combinations. Le Franc[2] estimates a total mintage of 1.69 million for the whole type, compared to the preceding Louis XVIII 20 francs (1816-24), which number about 12.7 million. All gold twenty francs were officially recalled in 1928 but effectively ceased to circulate in France during World War I.

Recorded mintage: 6,406[2], a scarce date.

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

Catalog reference: Gadoury 1029, Fr-551, F.520/5, KM 726.4.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2013.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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