1852-1870 Napoleon III Gold 20 Francs OR Second Empire VF | Royal Mint

1852-1870 Napoleon III France, Gold 20 Francs OR, Second Empire VF

Very Fine condition

  • The gold Franc of the first President and last Monarch of France
  • Features the ‘Bare Head’ portrait by Jean Jacques Barre
  • 6.4 grams of 22k gold – 21mm in diameter
  • Very Fine condition
Price: £495.00
  • Limited Stock
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  • Product code: HISIN325

Napoleon III France, Gold Francs

The Nephew of the military genius Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon III was the first President and indeed the youngest elected French president until Emmanuel Macron in 2017.  He was also the last Monarch of France and one of his greatest achievements was the modernisation of Paris, which began in 1853 and saw the demolition of medieval dwellings which were replaced with modern buildings, fountains and aqueducts, turning the city into one of the most beautiful in Europe.

That beauty also applied to his coinage, with Jean Jacques Barre’s ‘Laureate Head’ and ‘Bare Head’ portraits of Napoleon III, still highly regarded to this day for their fine detail and incredible relief for a circulated coin.

Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 6.40 g
Diameter 21.00mm
Obverse Designer Jean Jacques Barre
Pure Metal Type Gold
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