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French Gold 20 Franc Coins of Napoleon III

Laureate Head Type with Shield Reverse

We give a brief history of Napoleon III, on our Napoleon III page.


A laureate portrait of Louis, with the inscription "NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR". The engravers name BARRE below the head.
The reverse design consists of an ornate shield with the value "20 FR" at the sides. Around the outside above the wreath is the inscription "EMPIRE FRANCAIS", and the date is below the shield. The mintmark "A" or "BB" appears to the left of the date.
The edge is inscribed in raised lettering "DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE".
Coins of this type were issued from 1861 to 1870 inclusive.

Technical Specifications

DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
20 Francs216.4516.900.1867

Prices & Availability - 20 Francs

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Date   DescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
1861-ANapoleon III - Coat of ArmsVF2,607,000Yes£155$250
1862-ANapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF4,826,000Yes£165$265
1863-ANapoleon III - Coat of ArmsVF3,920,000Yes£155$250
1863-BBNapoleon III - Coat of ArmsEF4,753,000Yes£295$475
1864-ANapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF7,059,000Yes£165$265
1864-BBNapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF3,323,000Yes£165$265
1865-ANapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF2,951,000Yes£165$265
1865-BBNapoleon III - Coat of Armsgood VF3,088,000Yes£275$440
1866-ANapoleon III - Coat of ArmsVF/aVF6,992,000Yes£260$415
1866-BBNapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF6,979,000Yes£165$265
1867-ANapoleon III - Coat of Armsgood VF4,516,000Yes£155$250
1867-BBNapoleon III - Coat of Armsgood VF4,516,000Yes£155$250
1868-ANapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF9,281,000Yes£165$265
1868-BBNapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF4,829,000Yes£165$265
1869-BBNapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF7,317,000Yes£165$265
1870-ANapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF865,000aSK£165$265
1870-BBNapoleon III - Coat of Armsabout EF1,853,000Yes£165$265

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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EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Napoleon III on a French 20 Francs of 1867

Laureate Head of Napoleon III on a French 20 Francs of 1867


World Gold Coins Shield Reverse on a French 20 Francs of 1867

Shield Reverse on a French 20 Francs of 1867


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