Long before Europeans had a shared economic zone and the common currency known as the Euro, the Francs denomination of gold coins served as a form of de facto currency for various nations on the European continent in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The coins originated in France, hence the denomination Francs, and spread throughout Western, Central, and Southern Europe. Right now, you can buy 50 Francs Gold Coins from various countries in a singular listing online at Provident Metals.
With your purchase of the 50 Francs Gold Coins in this Provident Metals listing, each item you receive comes with its own protective plastic flips. Date marks in this listing cover a broad range of time that potentially covers the entirety of the 19th century (depending in nation of issue) and runs through the start of World War I in Europe when gold coining largely came to a halt. Each one of the coins is in Very Good+ condition. This indicates the coins have worn designs with slight detail visible, but also a greater visual appeal than a typical Very Good quality coin.
The obverse imagery of the 50 Francs Gold Coin you receive depends on the nation that issued the coin. One popular example is that of the French 50 Francs Gold Coin issued during the reign of Napoleon III. His bust is depicted on the obverse of the coins, along with his name and title. Interestingly, he served as the head of state for France during its Second Republic as President, but also lead an overthrow of democracy and launched the Second Empire, so his coins could read President or Emperor in French depending on the associated date mark.
On the reverse face of 50 Francs Gold Coins, you could find a wide range of possible designs. Most often you will find a national shield or coat of arms on the reverse. French 50 Francs Gold Coins have the seal of the Republic or Empire, again depending on date mark, while Swiss Francs have the shield of Switzerland and Belgian Francs the coat of arms for Belgium.
50 Francs Gold coins were the second most popular denomination of gold coins on the European continent in the 19th century behind the 20 Francs Gold coins. The term Franc is used as a common denomination for gold coins issued in various nations based on the weight and dimensions of the French Franc. 50 Francs Gold Coins were issued in France, Switzerland, Belgium, and even French-occupied Italy throughout the century.
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