Old French Gold Coins Review

France is a country associated with luxury, fashion and fascinating history. Same holds true for the history of French coin making that goes back all the way to the mid 14th century when the first French gold coins francs were minted. French gold coins are some of the most collected gold coins in the world since they span across so many history making eras characterized by a different set of coins, including the Renaissance, French Revolution, the ruling of Napoleon and later periods.

The detail that went into striking old French gold coins was astounding and could only be compared with artistic sculptures of the time. French gold coins of the 17th -19th centuries were characterized by displaying so called privy marks that point into the direction of mints and engravers. The privy marks take shapes of birds, cats, dogs and various geometrical shapes providing fascinating way to learn history.

However, among all French gold coins the most popular ones that are routinely purchased by numismatists all over the world are Napoleon gold coins. Napoleon Bonaparte coinage wore a profile of his image in seven different variations. Napoleon Bonaparte coins were initially struck in the year of 1803 and were thought to represent the finest examples of European minting industry of that time. These were so wide spread that they were minted not only by French minting courts but courts in Netherlands, Italy and even England. Today Napoleons are some of the most traded pieces among old French coins combining high quality numismatic product and relatively low premiums. As to modern French coins, France has been issuing a great deal of commemoratives in proof grades that could be suitable for both collectors and investors.

Among other notable French gold coins that stand out above the rest are French 20 Franc Angels which were minted in three different time periods between 1871-1898. The obverse of the coin features an image of the Guardian Angel holding a script rested on a pillar with a rooster at his feet. The obverse design state the coin’s denomination of 20 francs, mintage year and French Revolution Motto in Latin “Liberte Egalite Fraternite” standing for “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”. The design of the gold Angel coin was inspired by an old legend. The original Guardian Angel design was portrayed on an old French coin, 1 Loui D’Or in 1792 which was engraved by Augustine Dupre. According to the legend, the designer of the coin was sentenced to death by the French Revolution but was able to escape by paying his guards with an Angel coin.

Some of the later well known French coins are French 20 Franc Rooster Gold coins being struck from 1989 through 1914. The obverse image on these coins is the profile image of the Third Republic established after Franco Prussian War. The reverse side shows a large image of Rooster, 20 Franc denomination and mintage years completed with iconic “Liberte Egalite Fraternite” motto.

Other French gold coins on the market today are represented with livres and ecus. When buying especially old coins, make sure they come with the certificate of authenticity and are assessed by professional numismatic specialists from the major coin grading agencies. Acquiring French certified gold coins will ensure you are getting the real deal and not gold plated fakes.

France was also known to produce sample coins that displayed the splendor of mintage industry of the old times called Monnaie de Luxe. These French gold coins were not intended to be circulated but were produced for pure display reasons. These were one of the first European gold bullion coins that hold both incredible gold and numismatic value.

Should you consider buying French or any other old gold coins over eBay Internet auction, be advised to exercise caution and verify sellers’ feedback before placing bids. This will ensure your eBay gold coins are what they claim to be.

Despite the historical value and rarity factors of old time French coins, these do not enjoy the same liquidity as other counterparts minted in other countries and present more interest to coin collectors rather than investors.