Marianne, an unofficial mascot of the French Republic, is shown on the obverse. She is displayed wearing a Phrygian cap of liberty, a symbol that has appeared on both the coinage of France and the United States. The country of origin, expressed as “REPUBLIQUE FRANCAIS,” is engraved towards the periphery.
The land now known as France was called “Gallus” in ancient times. This was also the Latin word for “rooster,” which led to the bird’s association with France. Although its origin was a play on words, the French Republic embraced the rooster symbol as a reflection of the country’s alertness and watchfulness. This 20 Franc gold coin features a crowing Gallic rooster on the reverse (hence its nickname) surrounded by the motto “LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE.” This translates directly to “Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood.” The coin’s denomination of 20 Francs also appears on the reverse, along with the date of issue.ce
The 20 Franc gold coin was a backbone of European commerce in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These conveniently-sized gold coins were used by traders, merchants, banks, and individuals throughout the continent. While they no longer circulate today, 20 Franc gold coins have developed into beloved collectibles. Numismatists are drawn to the coins for their fascinating historical significance, beautiful designs, and intriguing heritage.
In particular, the 20 Franc Rooster is a favorite among collectors for its attractive motif. These high-quality NGC-graded examples are even more desirable for their third-party certification and above-average condition. Each coin displays original mint luster, virtually complete design detail, and excellent eye appeal.
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|Metals Purity||.900 Fine Gold|
|Condition||Au or Better|
|Certificate of Authenticity||NGC|