France AN13-A 20 francs

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This issue, from the Paris mint, is the only common date of a type struck AN 13-14 (1804-06). After the year 14, the revolutionary calendar was dropped in favor of the traditional Gregorian calendar. The 20 francs of Napoleon are divided into seven types, of which this is the third. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate during World War One. A complete set of this type comprises nine date and mintmark combinations. The entire production run totaled about 670,000 pieces. This date is the common date.

Specification: 21 mm diameter, 6.45 grams, .900 fine gold, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE. Designed by Jean-Pierre Droz (1746-1823) and Pierre Joseph Tiolier (1763-1819).

Recorded Mintage: 518,217[1], 519,000[2].

Catalog reference: F.512/1, KM 663.1.


  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc VIII: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2009.
  • [2]Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.

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