France 1907 20 francs

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3148
This specimen was lot 3148 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €320 (about US$414 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH 3. Republik, 1870-1940. 20 Francs 1907, Paris. 5,81 g Feingold. GOLD. Vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. (France, third republic, 1870-1940, twenty francs of 1907, Paris mint. Extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
The type was struck in Paris 1907-1914; earlier issues had the edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. The mintage given below does not reflect the restrikes made in the 1920's and 1950's which have rendered this handsome coin very common. American coin dealers refer to these coins as "roosters."

Recorded mintage: 17,715,935.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered LIBERTE+EGALITE+FRATERNITE, designed by Jules-Clément Chaplain (1839-1909).

Catalog reference: Fr-596 a; Mazard 1829; Schl. 465; Gadoury 1064 a. F.535/1.


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  • [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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