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French Gold 20 Franc Coins of Napoleon III

Laureate Head Type with Value 20 Francs in Wreath on Reverse.

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

20 Franc Coins Description

They show a bare-headed portrait of Louis, with the inscription "NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR". The engravers name BARRE is below the head.
The reverse design consists of the value "20 FRANCS" and the date in three lines surrounded by a laurel wreath. Around the outside of the wreath is the inscription "EMPIRE FRANCAIS". The mintmark "A" or "BB" appears below the wreath.
The edge is inscribed in raised lettering "DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE".
Coins of this type were issued from 1853 to 1860 inclusive.

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 $
1853-ANapoleon III Value in Wreathalmost VF5,729,000Yes£155$250
1854-ANapoleon III Value in Wreathalmost VF23,486,000Yes£155$250
1855-ANapoleon III Value in Wreathalmost VF16,595,000Yes£155$250
1855-DNapoleon III Value in Wreath (Lyons, one year mint type)good Fine45,000Yes£285$450
1856-ANapoleon III Value in Wreathalmost VF17,303,000Yes£155$250
1857-ANapoleon III Value in Wreathabout VF19,193,000Yes£155$250
1858-ANapoleon III Value in Wreathalmost EF16,861,000Yes£165$265
1859-ANapoleon III Value in Wreathabout VF20,295,000Yes£155$250
1860-ANapoleon III Value in WreathVF10,220,000Yes£155$250
1860-BBNapoleon III Value in WreathVF5,727,000Yes£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

Postage & Packing

UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Obverse of 1854 French 20 Francs

Obverse of 1854 Gold 20 Francs


Reverse of 1854 French 20 Francs

Reverse of 1854 Gold 20 Francs

Obverse of 1856 French 20 Francs

Obverse of 1856 Gold 20 Francs

World Gold Coins

Obverse of 1855D French 20 Francs

Obverse of 1855D Gold 20 Francs

Reverse of 1855D French 20 Francs

Reverse of 1855D Gold 20 Francs

Obverse of 1856 French 20 Francs

Obverse of 1856 Gold 20 Francs

Reverse of 1856 French 20 Francs

Reverse of 1856 Gold 20 Francs


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