The 1907 Lucky Gold Angel 100 Franc Coin.
The gold Angel is struck in .900 fine gold and is one of only 20,000 minted, having a face value of 100 francs. In France, possession of this coin is considered to bring the owner good luck!
It is issued in a protective plastic case accompanied with a presentation box.
Gold angels were considered lucky charms and would often be carried in the pockets of French pilots during World War I.
The legend sprang up around these 'angel coins' on account of a story of how the designer of the coin, Augustine Dupré, escaped execution during the Reign of Terror because the lucky ‘Guardian Angel’ on the coin that he was carrying in his pocket supposedly prevented the blade of the guillotine from falling!
The story is almost certainly apocryphal, not just because of the lack of reliable records supporting it and the incredible nature of the story, but also because the other Roman imagery in the design and the general anti-clerical secularism of the Revolution, suggests that the winged figure is more likely to be a representation of a Roman Genius (or ‘Spirit’ of something, as in the ‘Spirit of the Revolution’) rather than an ‘angel’.
Nevertheless, the legend took on a life of its own, and to possess a coin with an ‘angel’ on was considered to bring the owner good luck. Napoleon’s failure at Waterloo was attributed to his misplacing of the coin which had previously brought him luck on his campaigns.
The obverse of the coin features the Winged Genius of the Revolution leaning against a column writing the the word 'Constitution', set above the signature of the engraver. With the Fasces (a Roman Republican symbol of authority) and a Rooster (the symbol of France) set on either side of the figure. Designed by Augustine Dupré.
It also contains the words:
Designed by Henri-Auguste Patey, the engraving comprises the denomination and date set within a wreath, surrounded by the revolutionary legend:
LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||0.934|
|Fineness / Carat||0.900 / 21.6|
|Obverse Designer||Augustin Dupré|
|Reverse Designer||Henri-Auguste Patey|
|Mint / Brand||Paris Mint|
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