With fascinating Napoleon III coins, history buffs, and coin collectors alike can own a part of the French past. Napoleon III, also called Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, ruled from 1852 to 1870. He was Napoleon I's nephew and heir. The 20 Franc Napoleon III gold coin is most popular with collectors. The front, also called the obverse, features a portrait of Napoleon III, while the back or reverse shows the value of the coin and the date surrounded by wreaths. Along the edge it says "Dieu protege la France," which means "God protect France." The 1852 coins have Napoleon's full name with no title. Later versions say "Empereur Napoleon III" instead. A third design appeared in 1861, and it remained in production until Napoleon III lost power in 1870. Napoleon wears a laurel wreath, and the back of the coin displays an attractive coat of arms. You can take advantage of the large inventory of Napoleon III coins on eBay to build your own coin collection or help family members get interested in this popular hobby.Shop the extensive inventory of world coins and European coins!