France 1859-A 20 francs

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3129
This specimen was lot 3129 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €240 (about US$310 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Napoléon III, 1852-1870. 20 Francs 1859, A, Paris. 5,81 g Feingold. In US-Plastikholder der PCGS mit der Bewertung MS 62. GOLD. Vorzüglich +. (empire of France, Napoleon III, 1852-70, twenty francs of 1859, Paris mint, PCGS MS-62, extremely fine or better.)"
This type is one of the most common gold coins in existence (146 million minted 1853-60) yet is very difficult to assemble in choice condition.

Recorded mintage: 20,163,578 (highest mintage date of any gold twenty francs).

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Jacques-Jean Barre (1793-1855).

Catalog reference: Fr-573; Gadoury 1061; Mazard 1440; Schl. 285. F.531/15.


  • 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, 2014.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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