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France 20, 50, and 100 Francs  1855 to 1870
France 20, 50, and 100 Francs 1855 to 1870

French gold coins from this period follow two basic designs. This one has a crowned and draped shield on the reverse, while the other design has a wreath. For the wreath design, click to this CoinQuest page. For the draped shield design, keep reading!

As with any gold coin, we must first address the value due to gold content alone. Here are the stats:

20 francs: 0.1867 troy ounces gold
50 francs: 0.4667 ounces gold
100 francs: 0.9334 ounces gold

Note that the word 'troy' is understood when referring to precious metals.

To find the value due to gold content, multiply the numbers above by the current price of gold (it changes every day). You can find the current price at kitco.com. For instance, if the gold price is $1560 US dollars per troy ounce, a 50 franc coin would carry $1560 x 0.4667 = $728 US dollars of gold value.

The base gold value applies to every gold coin, even those that have been damaged by cleaning, scratching, or other forms of mutilation. But if you have a gold coin in good numismatic (coin collector) condition, there is additional value that should be added to the basic gold value. Here are some approximate numbers:

20 FRANCS:
circulated: add $50 US dollars to gold value
fully uncirculated: add $100

50 FRANCS:
circulated: add $100 US dollars to gold value
fully uncirculated: add $400
50 francs dated 1855BB and 1856BB, double the added value

100 FRANCS:
circulated: add $200 US dollars to gold value
fully uncirculated: add $1000
100 francs dated 1856BB, double the added value
100 francs dated 1870A are very rare and catalog at $25000 in well preserved condition

Coin: 11202 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: paul, Thu, 10-May-2012 03:51:50 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 24-Jan-2013 03:13:40 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Be sure to use the current value of gold., Sun, 11-Jan-2015 03:47:47 GMT
Requester description: 1857 napoleon III 50 fr
Tags: france 20 50 100 francs franc gaul francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase fance francai fran fracaise franks frank fancs napoleon iii fr napolean napoleonic napoleone napoleanic drape drapes sword swords drapery drapped draped sworeds swordlike broadsword curtains curtain coat arms shield coats crests insignia crested crest creast sheild shiled shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon shelid chevron ashield shields

  

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