France AN14-I 20 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 123, lot 816
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This specimen was lot 816 in Jean Elsen sale 123 (Brussels, December 2014), where it sold for €3,200 (about US$4,650 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AV 20 francs, an 14 I, Limoges. Seulement 1646 p. frappées. Extrêmement Rare. Petits coups. presque Très Beau. (France, Napoleon I (1804-14) gold twenty francs of the year 14, Limoges mint, only 1646 pieces struck. Extremely rare, small nicks, about very fine.)"
Gold coins of the French branch mints are very scarce as a class and probably underpriced.

Recorded mintage: 1,628[2].

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

Catalog reference: Gad-1022, Schl-17, Fr-489, F.512/6, KM 663.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 123, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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