Monaco 1879-A 20 francs

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Heritage sale 3019, lot 25161
Monaco 1879 20 francs rev Heritage 3019-25161.jpg

This specimen was lot 25172 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $1,265. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles III gold 20 Francs 1879A, MS64 NGC, a choice piece with full mint brilliance and excellent eye appeal. Very scarce in this superior designation." This date is the scarcest of a type struck in Paris 1878-79, allegedly for use in the prince's newly opened casino in Monte Carlo. The coin matches the specification of the contemporary French twenty francs.

Recorded mintage: 50,000.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 0.186 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 98.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.

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