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French Gold 500 Franc Coins

Brief French History
We give a brief history of France, and of French gold coins on our French Gold Coins page.

Technical Specifications
DenominationDescriptionDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
500 Francs1989 - 1991 (1992 Winter Olympics)3117.0000.920.5028
500 Francs1993 - 19944831.10400.99901.0000
500 Francs1993 155.5000.99904.9944
500 Francs19942817.0000.9200.5028
500 Francs1994 (1996 Olympics)3616.9700.9167.5000

1994 For 1996 Centenary of First Modern Olympic Games 1906 Paris
Paris and France are justifiably proud that the first modern day Olympics were held in Paris in 1906, therefore it is fitting that the Paris Mint, the Monnaie de Paris, issued a centenary coin to celebrate the event. The obverse of this coin has a very attractive facing head of Marianne, her head covered by a Lion mask, in the manner of Hercules on ancient Greek coins. The reverse design is the statue of Herakles (Hercules) as an archer, by French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Historians tell us an archeological discovery made at the ruins of Olympia among other things, first gave Pierre de Coubertin his idea for a revival of the Olympic Games. What a magnificent idea it was... soon to realise 100 years of glorious Olympic tradition. (Juan Antonio Samaranch, President International Olympic Committee).

Prices & Availability
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Date   DescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
19911992 Albertville Winter Olympics, Pierre de CoubertinProof, FDC28,000Yes £565$499
199270 Ecus, Jean Monnet Unir Les Hommesm Communaute EuropeenneProof, FDC, No Box or Cert5,000Yes£440$705
19941996 Atlanta Olympics, Archer, Centennial of 1994 ParisProof, FDC60,000Yes£275$499

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Head of Marianne with Lion's Mask
Head of Marianne with Lion's Mask


Statue of Herakles as Archer on Reverse of 1994 French 500 Francs
Statue of Herakles as Archer on Reverse of 1994 French 500 Francs

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