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20 Francs Genius - Angel Gold Coin | 1871-1898 | France


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The 20 Franc “Angel” gold coin is one of the most famous french gold coins. Also known as the 20 Franc “genius” or “lucky angel”, the design was created in 1791 by French artist Augustine Dupre’.

The story behind the “lucky angel” gold coin started after the French Revolution during the period of the reign of terror. Dupre’ was captured and about to be executed by guillotine. However, a bolt of lighting struck and panicked the executioner allowing him to escape. He attributed his good fortune to the Angel gold coin he carried in his pocket. Over the years the legend grew and the Angel gold coin became associated with “good luck”.

It was said that even Napoleon Bonaparte carried a Gold French Angel in his pocket. However, it is believed that he lost the coin the night before he was defeated at the battle at Waterloo.

Design Highlights

  • The front side of the coin depicts a standing guardian angel (genius) writing the constitution with a rooster to the right.

  • The reverse side shows an ornamental wreath surrounding the outer edge. The inscriptions translate as  “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”.

Product Details

Manufacturer: French Mint
Country of origin: France
Fineness: 900/1000
Weight: 0.1867 oz
Diameter: 21 mm
Mintage Years: (1848-1849) (1871-1898) (1899-1906)
Scratch resistance: Good


Metal Gold
Form Gold Coin
Country of Origin France
Manufacturer Monnaie de Paris
Series 20 Francs
Purity 900/1000
Fineweight 5.81 gram
Gross Weight 6.45 gram
Year of issue Random
Grade Brilliant
Condition Circulated
Face value 20 French Francs
Thickness 1.25 mm
Diameter 21.00 mm
Packaging Single in Pouch
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