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French Gold 20 Franc Coins of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte

Bare Head Type with Value 20 Francs in Wreath on Reverse.
We give a brief history of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, later Napoleon III, on our Napoleon III page.

Single Date Type
Some coin designs were only issued for a single year, such designs are usually scarcer, and harder for collectors to find, because they normally have a lower mintage than other types which were produced for longer periods of time. Type collectors and date collectors alike need the same date to fill the space in their collections. It follows that demand is high and supply is low, usually leading to higher prices.

Coins of this type were only issued in 1852. They show a bare-headed portrait of Louis, with the inscription "LOUIS-NAPOLEON BONAPARTE". The engravers name BARRE is below the head.
The reverse design consists of the value "20 FRANCS" and the date "1852" in three lines surrounded by a laurel wreath. Around the outside of the wreath is the inscription "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAIS". The mintmark "A" appears below the wreath.
The edge is inscribed in raised lettering "DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE".

Technical Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
20 Francs216.4516.900.1867

Prices & Availability - 20 Francs
Please contact us prior to ordering for current prices and availability.
Date   DescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
1852-ALouis Napoleon Bonapartegood Fine/ Fine10,494,000Ask£245$395

Quantity Purchases
For investors or collectors wishing to buy 20 Francs in quantity of 10 pieces or more, we can usually quote very competitive bullion rates on request.

Other Types & Dates
This table shows a list of the different types of Napoleon III French 20 Francs, and their date ranges.
DenominationTypeFirst DateLast Date
20 FrancsLouis Napoleon Bonaparte / Value in Wreath 18521852
20 FrancsNapoleon III Bare Head / Value in Wreath 18531860
20 FrancsNapoleon III Laureate Head / Shield 18611870

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USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Louis Napoleon Bonaparte on a French 20 Francs of 1852
Louis Napoleon Bonaparte on a French 20 Francs of 1852


Reverse of French 20 Francs of 1852
Reverse of 1852 Gold 20 Francs

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