French Gold Sovereigns!
Mintage dates between 1899-1914.
This is a random year 20 Francs "Rooster" Gold Coin. These are probably restrikes, however there is no way to tell original from modern produced other than the reeded edges (see below). There was nearly 100 million of these made and the restrikes are made from the same type of planchets using the original dies and we do not sort through the bags as we get them.
- Contains .1867 troy ounces of fine gold.
- Circulated condition.
- Front obverse side (heads): The sculpture depicts Marianne, an emblem of Liberty and reason, representing France's revolutionary ideals and national spirit. Also seen are the words "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE" which translates to "French Republic."
- Back reverse side (tails): The reverse side displays the Gallic Rooster, an informal emblem of France and the words "LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE," which translates to LIBERTY, EQAULITY & FRATERNITY. Also displayed is 20 FRCS (the monetary value) and mintage date.
- Reeds (edges): Smooth with the inscription of "Dieu protège la France," (God Protect France) if it is an original, or LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE if it's a restrike.
- Authentic gold product from the France.
- Minted at the Paris Mint.
Don't forget to pick up cotton gloves to keep these nice. Or a huge cotton bag to toss them in if you don't care!
French Gold Coins - Paris
French gold coins have a rich history, deeply intertwined with the nation's cultural and political evolution. The earliest gold coins in France were introduced during the medieval period, influenced by the Roman and Byzantine empires. Over time, these coins evolved, both in design and value, reflecting the changing dynasties and societal values. The most notable of these is the Louis d'or, introduced by King Louis XIII in 1640, symbolizing the power and prestige of the French monarchy. The 19th century saw the introduction of the Napoleon, named after the famed Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, becoming a symbol of France's global influence. These coins, apart from being currency, also served as a tool for propaganda, depicting various emblems of France like Marianne, the symbol of the Republic, and the Gallic Rooster. Post-Revolution, the inscriptions "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity) were added, symbolizing the core values of the new Republic. The transition of these coins through different regimes highlights the nation's tumultuous history and the evolving concept of French identity.