1877 France Gold 20 Franc Lucky Angel
Did you know that Napoléon Bonaparte had a 20 Franc Gold Angel Coin on his pocket every day! Except that he misplaced it days prior to the Battle of Waterloo.
The guardian Gold Angel Coins were known to be carried by soldiers, fighter pilots, and ship captains during both World Wars.
This tradition continued with American pilots who also carried the Gold Angel Coin for its "protective powers" during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and during Desert Storm.
Reverse: The value of 20 Francs and1877 date surrounded by a wreath. The motto of France, "Liberté Égalité Fraternité" (Liberty, equality, fraternity) is inscribed above it.
Obverse: on the obverse side of the coin there is the image of an angel standing with a pen before the sheet of parchment on a stand. Above him, there is the inscription “RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE”. To the right of the angel, behind the stand is depicted a rooster, a symbol of France. Below there is an autograph of the coin designer, Augustin Dupré. Source
This coin was minted in 1877, which means it is 144 years old! Could it be that this was in the pocket of the ship captain once in it's lifetime?
This year, I have shown you these gold pieces:
- 1877 France Gold 20 Francs Lucky Angel
- 2021 American Gold Eagle Type2
- 1907 Great Britain Gold Half Sovereign
- 1907 France Gold 20 Francs Rooster BU
- 1955 Mexico Cinco Pesos BU
- 1927 Swiss 20 Francs Gold Helvetia BU
- 1908 France Gold 20 Francs Rooster BU
- 1892 Austrian 20 Francs/8 Florin Gold Coin BU
- 2021 Gold PG&G BU
- 2021 American Gold Eagle, MS70 First Strike
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