France 1841-A 20 francs

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50106
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 50106 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $505. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 20 Franc, 1841-A. PCGS MS-61." 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 It superseded the Tiolier head used 1830-31 (F.524 and F.525).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 common.

Recorded mintage: 609,341.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Joseph François Domard (1792-1858).

Catalog reference: Fr-560; KM-750.1; Gad-1031, F.527/25.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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