Zoom on 20 Francs gold Napoleon III

Investing in gold by buying gold coins can combine business with pleasure. Among the most known gold coins include the Napoleons, the iconic gold piece and favorite of French. Orobel propose today to discover this part through this article.


Features of the 20 Francs gold Napoléon III

The Napoleon is a gold coin of 900 ‰ titration, making it a very solid gold piece. The titration of 20 francs Napoleon was decided so because this gold coin was designed largely to trade. This gold coin weighs 6.45 grams for a capacity of 5,81g of fine gold. It measures 21.10 mm in diameter and 1.31 mm thick.

The 20 Francs Napoleon III laureate head Napoleon is among the most common. This series was hit 85,344,950 copies of 1861-1870.

In summary :

Gross Weight6,45 g
Fine gold weight5,81 g
Titration900 ‰
Year of issue1861 à 1870
EffigyNapoléon III
Diameter 21,10 mm
Thickness1,31 mm


 Observe of the 20 Francs gold Napoleon III laureate :


On the obverse of the coin features the profile of Emperor Napoleon III, crowned with laurels. It also stands a ribbon down on the shoulder of the emperor. The design of the obverse of the 20 francs Napoleon III laureate head was designed by Albert Désiré Barré writer (1818-1878). You can read his name in any letters below the emperor in profile and the words « Napoleon III Empereur » surrounds his face.





 Reverse of the 20 Francs gold Napoleon III laureate :

The reverse of the 20 franc Napoleon III laureate head wears the imperial symbols. The eagle, the crown, the imperial mantle and the cross of the Legion of Honour, topped with a N for Napoleon. One also distinguishes the scepter and hand of justice. French around the arms, in an arc appear the words « Empire Français » Monetary value is placed on either side of the part, « 20 » left « FR » right. At the bottom of the gold coin is the vintage and a letter before the date indicating the impactor workshop.


The motto « DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE » is stamped on the edge of the coin.


The various emissions of the 20 Francs gold Napoléon III laureate

The 20 franc Napoleon III was hit in two French workshops : Paris (A) and Strasbourg (BB). Below is a listing of years of strikes and the number of coins issued:

List of emissions of the 20 francs gold Napoleon III laureate

Year of mintMintNumber issued
1861BB2 607 000
1862A1 423 000
1862A4 826 000
1862BB2 907 000
1863A3 920 000
1863BB4 753 000
1864A7 059 000
1864BB3 323 000
1865A2 951 000
1865 BB3 088 000
1866A6 992 000
1866BB6 979 000
1867A2 923 000
1867BB4 516 000
1868A9 281 000
1868BB4 829 000
1869A4 046 000
1869BB7 317 000
1870A865 000
1870BB1 853 000



History of the 20 francs gold Napoleon III laureate

The 20 franc Napoleon III were minted during the period of the Second Empire. Most Napoleon III laureate head were redesigned until 2007-2008. One of the reasons for this is the fact that this piece when she was traveling tremendously over France.

The French were so disinterested in this room it was cheaper than the ingot and its premium even ended up being negative.


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Why buy 20 francs gold Napoleon III laureate ?


Only 10% of Napoleons III laureate head are in excellent condition. These 10% are highly sought by numismatists.

However, it must reason here in an investor logic. Widely issued on 20 Francs Napoleon III laureate head was hit nearly 85 million copies, making it a gold coin conducive to investment. Widespread on the market, this makes a gold coin highly liquid and highly traded, responding to the criteria of investment or the investment logic of investors, be they specialists, investors or individuals.


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Although 20 francs gold Rooster remains much room Recommended for investment in the form of gold coins, 20 Francs Napoleon III laureate head remains an excellent investment. In addition, this gold coin has a higher premium than the 20 francs Marianne Coq (whose premium is zero), making it more attractive, because to benefit from a leverage potential on resale, and thus amplify its future appreciation.  



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