Gold Coins From France

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The French Gold Coins: Sizes and Designs

French Gold Coins are one the most popular gold coins among world gold coins. The first French Gold coin carried the denomination in livre, also called “libra”, which means “book” or “pound”. Thus, these Gold Coins from France carried similar names as the Italian “lira” or the British “pound”. Other types of French Gold Coins were called “ecu” (shield), inheriting their names because the coin’s design featured a shield bearing a coat of arms, the word “ecu” being related to “escudos” and “scudos”. Another well-known French Gold Coin is the Louis d’Or named after the King Louis XIII. However, the most widely recognized French Gold Coins are the French Francs, also known as “Franc à cheval”, that have been issued for the first time when King John was freed in 1360. The coin depicted the King John in armor on horseback. Later, in 1642, the Francs stopped from being used and were reintroduced in 1795, during the revolutionary period, when the first decimal currency system was established. The word “franc” refers to the French people, but it also means “free”. Franc gold coins were produced of .900 fine gold of six denominations: 5 (0.0467 oz.), 10 (0.0933 oz.), 20 (0.1867 oz.), 40 (0.3734 oz.), 50 (0.4667 oz.) or 100 (0.9355 oz.) Francs. France also produced special issues of the 100 Francs Gold Coins called “Monnaies de Luxe” made of .5028 oz. of .920 pure gold. These coins are commonly referred to as luxury coins, thus, the best description would be specimen coins with superior, not mirror-like finish if compared to the regular uncirculated coins. The most popular design of French Francs is the French Rooster Coin also called the Gold Rooster coin. One particular characteristic of some French Gold Coins produced between 1792 and 1806, the 40 and 20 Francs, is that they were issued in accordance with the French Revolutionary Calendar, that started on 22nd of September. This French Gold Coins value is highly appreciated among collectors and investors due to their historical reference to the period of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The French Gold Franc Coin 

Two of the most popular Francs designs are the French 20 Franc Rooster Gold Coin, produced between 1899-1914, and the Gold Angel 20 Franc, minted between 1871-1898. The French Rooster Gold Coin depicts on the reverse side the image of the Garlic Rooster (“le coq gaulois”), the unofficial symbol of France. On the obverse side of the Gold French Rooster coin was depicted the bust of Marianne, the national symbol of France, designed by J.C. Chaplain. The Gold 20 Francs Lucky Angel showcases on its obverse side the Augustin Dupré’s original design that first appeared on the 1 Louis D'Or gold coin in 1792, the standing Genius writing the Constitution with a fasces at left and a rooster at right. On the reverse side of the coin is engraved the coin’s denomination encircled by a wreath and the words “Liberté Égalité Fraternité” (“Liberty, equality, fraternity”). Other popular French Gold Coin designs are Gold 40 Francs Napoleon I, depicting the profile portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Gold 20 Franc Louis XVIII, depicting the profile portrait of King Louis XVIII, the last French monarch, and the Gold 20 Francs French Napoleon III, bearing the profile image of Napoleon III.

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