France 1841-W 20 francs

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2453
This specimen was lot 2453 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 425 CHF (about US$513 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Louis Philippe, 1830-1848. 20 Francs 1841 W, Lille. Selten. Nur 8524 Exemplare geprägt. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis Philippe, 1830-48, twenty francs of 1841, Lille mint. Rare. Only 8524 pieces struck, Very fine.)"
The specimen shown is a twenty francs struck at the Paris mint during the regime of Louis Philippe of France (r. 1830-48). This type, struck 1832-48, was recalled in 1928 and demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate during World War One. It superseded the Tiolier head used 1830-31 (F.524 and F.525). Branch mint issues include Rouen (mintmark "B"), Lille (mintmark "W") and Bayonne (mintmark "L"). This date is rare and is unknown in choice condition.

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). This specimen 6.39 g.

Recorded Mintage: 8,482[1].

Catalog reference: F.527/26, Gadoury 1031. Fr-562, KM 750.3.


  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.
  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.

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