France 1861-BB 20 francs

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2469
This specimen was lot 2469 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"II. Kaiserreich. Napoleon III. 1852-1870. 20 Francs 1861 BB, Strasbourg. PCGS MS62. (Second empire of France, Napoleon III, 1852-70, twenty francs of 1861, Strasbourg mint.)"
This specimen is a slightly better date of a series struck 1861-70 during the régime of Napoleon III. All 85 million were struck at the Paris (mintmark "A") and Strasbourg (mintmark "BB") mints. All dates are readily available altho gems are scarce. This type is commonly called the "Laureate head." After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Génie" type of 1871-98. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate after World War One.

Recorded mintage: 1,355,427[1].

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Jacques-Jean Barré.

Catalog reference: KM 801.2; Gadoury 1062. Fr-585, F.532/2.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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