France 1828-A 20 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 94, lot 1481
France 1828A 20 francs rev JElsen 94-1481.jpg

This issue, from the Paris mint, is one of a type struck during the reign of Charles X from four mints. This specimen was lot 1481 in Jean Elsen sale 94 (Brussels, December 2007), where it sold for 180 euro. 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 [1] 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 20 francs were officially recalled in 1928 but effectively ceased to circulate in France 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.

Recorded Mintage: 278,428.

Catalog reference: F.520/8, KM 726.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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