The 20 Francs gold coin was once the most popular denomination across Europe. As a foundation of the Latin Monetary Union, the 20 Francs gold coin provided a common platform for the dimensions and purity of gold coins used across much of southern and Western Europe. One of the most popular designs comes from France in the form of the 20 Francs Gold Roosters. Right now, 20 Francs France Gold Coins in AU+ condition are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of a plastic flip!
- Issued between 1898 and 1914!
- Beautiful Gallic Rooster design!
- Consists of .1867 Troy oz of actual gold content.
- Bears a face value of 20 Francs backed by the government of France.
- The obverse features Marianne, the symbol of Liberty and reason in France.
- On the reverse is the Gallic Rooster, France’s unofficial emblem.
Each of the 20 Francs France Gold Coins in this listing comes with a protective plastic flip to house the coin. Each specimen is available in AU+ condition. Referred to as About Uncirculated or Almost Uncirculated, this term refers to a coin with extremely light to trace wear on the highest points of the design elements only. The coins maintain medium to full luster. The inclusion of “plus” with the AU rating indicates the coins are among the better quality AU coins.
The 20 Francs Gold Rooster was issued by France during the era of the Third Republic, which covered a period of time from the 1870 fall of Emperor Napoleon III to the Nazi Invasion of France during World War II. The 20 Francs Gold Rooster design was specifically issued between 1898 and 1914.
The obverse side of 20 Francs France Gold Coins in this listing comes with the female personification of France, Marianne. Her figure has long been used on French coins and in French art as a symbol of Liberty and reason. Shown in right-profile relief, she wears a cap on her head with a wreath crown. Inscriptions include “Republique Francaise.”
On the reverse face of 20 Francs France Gold Coins is the famed Gallic Rooster, the image that gives this particular design series from the mint its name as 20 Francs Gold Rooster Coins. The Gallic Rooster has long been an unofficial emblem of the nation and remains in popular use as the symbol of the French national soccer team.
Each one of these coins comes with 90% gold content. These were last issued by the Paris Mint in 1914 on the eve of World War I and the design was not revived in the aftermath of the war. Founded in 846, the Paris Mint is the sovereign mint of France and represents the oldest institution in the country.
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