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Details about  1897 Gold 20 Franc French “Lucky” Angel Gold Coin!

1897 Gold 20 Franc French “Lucky” Angel Gold Coin! See original listing
1897-Gold-20-Franc-French-Lucky-Angel-Gold-Coin
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Aug 05, 2012 19:30:10 PDT
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US $330.00
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Item location:
Bristow, VA, United States

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1897 Gold 20 Franc French Angel: Old and Rare Gold Coin Minted 115 Years Ago!

 

French Angels were minted from 1871 to 1898. In brilliant uncirculated condition, they are said to be five to ten times scarcer than later date French 20 Franc Roosters and Swiss 20 Franc Helvetias. The “Guardian Angel” design on the obverse was originally created during the French Revolution by Augustine Dupré. In 1871, the design was resurrected for the French Gold 20-Franc coin. Almost from the beginning, gold Angels were regarded as lucky charms. Their legend began during the Reign of Terror in the mid-1790s, when the coin’s designer, Augustus Dupré, 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 a gold Angel coin in their kit, believing it would protect them.

 

To the naked eye, the Gold 20 Franc French Angel listed here appears to be in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. However, under a 5x jeweler’s loupe a hint of friction becomes visible. No wear is really apparent to me on any of the high points. So, I do not believe the coin was ever passed into circulation. Still, over the last century, it is likely the coin was handled more than a few times. After coming into my possession, it was soon transferred to an Air-Tite holder for protection and safe-keeping. Before encapsulation, the coin was handled with white cotton gloves. About the size of a US Nickel, it still exhibits considerable mint luster. The fields are highly reflective and the color is a nice honey gold. Examine the pictures. The six images are included with the hope they will provide an adequate depiction of the coin being offered. For comparative purposes, you may also find it helpful to search eBay for similar listings. Coin contains 0.1867 troy ounce of gold.

 

For those aware of the many forces that have been eroding the value of our paper money, you may also know that gold has a record of preserving its value, and will very likely continue to weather the economic storms developing around us, while rewarding foresight, research, and preparation. To sharpen your perspective, keep an eye on the statistics provided by CoinInfo.com. Since I started watching the numbers over five years ago the value of gold has more than tripled. It may do so again in the next five as expanding trillion dollar sinkholes increasingly undermine global monetary stability. We live in interesting times.

 

To the winning bidder, please authorize your PayPal payment within three days of auction end. The exact same coin pictured on this page will be sent Fully Insured by First Class Mail to your PayPal address with Signature Confirmation. If the coin does not meet with your satisfaction, you may return it to me Fully Insured within fourteen days in the same condition it was received for a refund of the auction purchase price. Please contact me first so that I may know to expect it back.

 

While this auction marks my 168th appearance on eBay as a seller, I have been a buyer on eBay under another User ID since June 2005. In that capacity, I have achieved a 100 percent positive feedback score with more than 960 transactions.

 

If you have any questions, please use the eBay facility to email me. I will be happy to reply.

 

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Thank you for your interest in this auction.

 

 

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