French francs have featured countless different designs during the course of history. The gold coins in this range once bore the portraits of the kings, emperors, and early presidents of France. By the late 19th century, however, a Guardian Angel design had taken over as the primary design for the coins. Right now, 20 Francs Gold Coins with the Angel design are available to purchase from USA Mint.
- Arrives inside of protective plastic
- Struck between 1871 and 1898
- Bears the Guardian Angel image
- Contains .1867 Troy oz of actual gold content in AU condition.
- Bears a face value of 20 Francs backed by the government of France.
- On the obverse is the design of the Guardian Angel known as Genius.
- The reverse features the wreath and legend inscription.
- The design was originally created in 1792 by Augustin Dupre.
Each of these 20 Francs Gold Coins are available to you inside of protective plastic packaging. The Guardian Angel design is deeply rooted in the history of France and first appeared on coinage for King Louis XVI. This gold coin had a 24 livres face value with Louis XVIs portrait on one side and the angel on the other.
Augustin Dupres choice of the angel on coinage for France comes from a fantastical story. Set to lose his head to the guillotine during the French Revolution, he was spared by a bolt of lightning which startled the executioner and delayed the execution. He later received a stay and credited his life to an angel coin he had in his pocket. Later, Napoleon Bonaparte carried an early angel coin in his pocket on military campaigns, losing his coin the night before France's devastating loss at the Battle of Waterloo.
On the obverse of these 20 Francs Gold Coins is the image of the Guardian Angel, otherwise known as Genius. Her winged figure is depicted standing at a column as she makes inscriptions on the French constitution while a French rooster looks on. Engravings identify the era of issue with Republique Francaise, which translates as French Republic.
The reverse of the coins includes the common wreath circle with the legend in the center. That legend includes the face value of the gold coins as well as its individual year of issue dated between 1871 and 1898. The coins also include the French motto of Liberte Egalite Fraternite. The 20 Francs Gold Coins in this listing come from 1871 to 1898, the primary mintage period for the Guardian Angel design. All coins of this era were minted by the Paris Mint location.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations.
When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.
Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. The weight of any such item can be found on its detail page. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.
The majority of orders ship out within one to two business days of cleared payment. Delivery time will vary depending on your selected shipping method. If your order ships via the United States Postal Service, it will usually be delivered within two to five business days, depending on your location relevant to our fulfillment center. We cannot guarantee delivery dates, unfortunately, because that is, ultimately, dependent on the mail carrier. Below are the common time frames for most orders, broken down by payment method:
Paper Check: Most paper check orders will be marked paid by 4:00 p.m, the same day the check is deposited; however, we cannot predict how long it’ll take USPS to get the check to us. Paper checks take 3-5 business days to clear with our billing department from the date on which they are marked paid. Once cleared, most paper check orders ship within 2-4 business days. Depending on the shipping method, paper check orders should be delivered within 1-5 business days of shipment.
ACH: ACH orders will be marked "Paid" within 24 business hours of order placement. ACH payments take 3-5 business days to clear with our Billing Department from the date on which they are marked "Paid." Once cleared, most ACH orders ship within 2-4 business days. Depending on the shipping method, ACH orders should be delivered within 1-5 business days of shipment.
Credit/Debit Card: Most credit/debit card orders will be marked Paid within 24 business hours of order placement. Credit/debit card payments clear immediately, and most of these orders ship within 2-4 business days of cleared payment. Depending on the shipping method, credit/debit card orders should be delivered within 1-5 business days of shipment.
PayPal: Most PayPal orders are marked Paid almost instantly upon order placement and clear immediately upon being marked Paid. Most PayPal orders ship within 2-4 business days of cleared payment. Depending on the shipping method, PayPal orders should be delivered within 1-5 business days of shipment.
Bank Wire: Most bank wire orders will be marked Paid within half a business day of the initiation of the bank wire transfer. Bank wire payments clear immediately upon receipt and most of these orders ship within 2-4 business days of cleared payment. Depending on the shipping method, bank wire orders should be delivered within 1-5 business days of shipment.
Orders under $1000 will not require a signature unless that option is selected and paid for at checkout. Orders over $1000 will always require a signature for delivery.
In the unlikely event your order is lost in transit, please contact us immediately so we can begin the claims process. If your items are not recovered, you will be entitled to a full reimbursement of the losses in accordance with the specific shipper’s insurance policy.
All our packages are carefully and discretely wrapped, typically in corrugated boxes, and do not give any indication as to the contents inside.
We fully insure all of our shipments. Should anything happen while your package is in transit to you, it will be covered by our insurance policy. However, we will not accept responsibility if you have left instructions with any carriers or delivery services to leave parcels unattended for you without the need for a signature, or if you have given the carrier instructions to leave your package with anyone other than the addressee. This includes but is not limited to a building manager, neighbor, a business mailroom, drop-off location such as Mail Boxes etc., The UPS Store, the Military Postal Service, etc. Additionally, we will not assume responsibility for packages that are signed for by apartment/complex building management, a business mailroom, the Military Postal Service or any person(s) that are not the addressee listed on the order.
When we ship to you, if metals are lost or damaged in transit, it is our responsibility to pursue any claim with the insurance company. If we determine the package is lost or damaged, we file a claim. We reserve the right to re-ship your items or refund your money at our discretion.
If your order was delivered with no signs of being tampered with but appears to be incomplete or missing a product, please contact us within thirty days of receipt.
Please note that notification of issues for tampered packages must be made within two two business days and any return requests must be submitted within seven days from receipt.
We recommend you refuse any shipment that appears to be damaged or tampered with as the shipping insurance ends once signed for and/or delivered. When refused, the package(s) will return to USA Mint for inspection. If you have taken possession of a damaged or tampered package, please save all packaging and contact USA Mint at (888) 725-7967 within 48 hours for further instructions. Failure to notify us of damage or tampering within 48 hours from signature or delivery date may impact our ability to cover your claim.
Supply and demand problems occasionally occur in our business. From time to time, we have more buyers than sellers. If this should happen, we reserve the right to delay delivery up to 30 days (from your expected shipping date) to fill your order. Even if the price continues to rise, your price is locked in. We will deliver your bullion (Non-Numismatic) product within 30 days. If you ordered a numismatic or supply item that has previously sold or we are out of stock on, we will either place it on backorder, attempt to locate another or a refund will be given. Should the value of your items decrease in that time period, you will not be entitled to any market gain.
Yes, orders shipped registered and insured U.S. mail can be sent to a P.O. Box. If a different shipping method is used, you must specify a street address for shipment. A signature may be required upon delivery of your package.
Depending on your method of payment, it is possible to have your order shipped to an address other than your billing address. If you pay with paper check, bank wire, or ACH, you may have your order shipped wherever you please, with two exceptions: UPS locations and mail forwarding locations. If you pay with a credit/debit card, it depends on your order history. If you pay via PayPal, your order must ship to a PayPal Verified address.
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You may choose how your order is shipped during the checkout process. If your purchase is eligible for free shipping, the pre-selected option will be base shipping, which is either USPS or UPS at our choice. If you would like to upgrade your shipping, you may choose one of the other options for a small fee. Simply click on the circle next to the shipping method you desire, and your order will be shipped via that method.