France 1862-A 20 francs
This specimen was lot 32804 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $408. The catalog description noted, "Napoleon III gold 20 Francs 1862-A MS63 NGC, Paris mint. A tender Gem example of the type with all of the soft gold color so typically desirable for the series." This specimen is a common 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 After the collapse of Napoleon's empire during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was superseded by the "Génie" type of 1871-98. It was officially withdrawn from circulation in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in France after World War One.
Recorded mintage: 4,826,000 (a common date).
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Albert Désiré Barré (1818-1878).
Catalog reference: F.532/3, KM 801.1.
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- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.