France AN13-Q 20 francs

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UBS sale 85, lot 749
This specimen was lot 749 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 3200 CHF (about US$3,650 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Königreich, Premier Empire. Napoleon I. (1804-1814) 20 Francs AN 13, Perpignan. Sehr selten, nur 522 Exemplare hergestellt. Fast sehr schön." (France, First Empire, Napoleon (1804-14), 20 francs of AN 13, Perpignan mint. Very rare, only 522 struck. Nice Very Fine.)
Le Franc[2] commented, "cette piece est nettement moins rare que son chiffre de fabrication ne le laisserait supposer. Six exemplaires photographiés dans la base Collection Ideale" (this date is less rare than the mintage would leave one to believe. The authors have photos of six different examples). Gold coins of the French branch mints are very scarce as a class and probably underpriced.

Recorded mintage: 516[2].

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered *DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE*, this specimen 6,39 g.

Catalog reference: Gad-1022, Schl-17, Fr-489, F.512/3, KM 663.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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