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French 20 Franc Napoleon III gold coins in select Almost Uncirculated (AU) grade are among the least expensive classic European gold coins we offer. They provide all the benefits of gold bullion plus extra benefits like limited supply, collector demand, complete financial privacy, and extra premium potential because of scarcity.
Minted from 1853 to 1870 during the Second French Empire, these historic coins feature the profile of Emperor Napoleon III, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, on the obverse. They were produced in two types: one with Napoleon III bareheaded; the other with him crowned by laurels.
From President to Emperor
Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte was elected as the first President of the Second French Republic in 1848. Following in the footsteps of his famous uncle, he staged a coup in 1851 and declared himself Emperor Napoleon III, a title he held until overthrown in 1870, when the Third French Republic was established.
Napoleon III is perhaps best known today for doubling the size of the French overseas empire and promoting the building of the Suez Canal. Allied with Britain, he defeated Russia in the Crimean War. At home he undertook massive public works campaigns, modernized the French banking system, and established modern agriculture, which ended famines in France.
• Low prices. In AU grade, French 20 franc Napoleon III gold coins are among the least expensive classic European ogld coins on the market.
• Better than bullion. All the benefits of gold bullion plus extra benefits like limited supply, collector demand, complete financial privacy, and extra premium potential because of scarcity.
• Private, liquid, secure. Unlike most forms of gold bullion, they are exempt from broker reporting requirements.
France 20 Franc, Napoleon III
oz. pure gold
Weight: 6.4516 grams