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Inexpensive, beautiful, and with a fascinating legend behind them, French 20 Franc "Lucky Angels" in choice Brilliant Uncirculated condition are perhaps our favorite European gold coins.
Minted from 1871 to 1898, Angels are also one of the best values in classic coins. In BU condition they are five to ten times scarcer than French 20 Franc Roosters and Swiss 20 Franc Helvetias, yet they sell today for close to the same price, making them a true bargain. They offer all the benefits of gold bullion plus extra benefits like limited supply, collector demand, complete financial privacy, and extra premium potential because of scarcity.
Legend of the Lucky Angel
The magnificent 'Guardian Angel' design on the obverse was originally created during the French Revolution by Augustine Dupre, and was considered a lucky charm from the start. Dupre claimed to have been saved from the guillotine by the lucky Angel coin in his pocket. French pilots in World War I rarely took flight without one in their kit; and German fighter pilots received an Angel for every fifth Allied plane shot down during World War II.
Unlike most forms of gold bullion, they are exempt from broker reporting requirements. In our opinion, they're better than bullion for bulk gold buyers.
• 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. • True scarcity. BU Angels are four to five scarcer French Roosters and Swiss Helvetias but trade for almost the same cost. Their true scarcity can mean higher premiums during periods of peak demand. • Private, liquid, secure. Unlike most forms of gold bullion, they are exempt from broker reporting requirements.
France 20 Franc, Angel
Minted: 1871-1898 Content: .1867
oz. pure gold Weight: 6.4516 grams