• 1861- 1870 Gold French 20 Franc Bullion Shield 25071
  • 1861- 1870 Gold French 20 Franc Bullion Shield 25070
  • 1861- 1870 Gold French 20 Franc Bullion Shield 25071
  • 1861- 1870 Gold French 20 Franc Bullion Shield 25070
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1861- 1870 Gold French 20 Franc Bullion Shield Coin

Buy French 20 Francs - Napoleon III with Shield Reverse.

Buy historic French gold coins at bullion prices. Issued between 1861- 1870 in the reign of Napoleon III, these coins are ideal for the gold investor looking to expand their portfolio.

  • VAT free
  • Contains 0.1867 troy ounce gold 
  • Struck in 0.900 gold fineness
  • Low premiums!

This investment product is Our Choice of Date.


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Totals are approximate until metal prices are confirmed on the next LBMA fix.

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Emperor Napoleon III was born Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte on 20 April 1808. His father, King Louis Bonaparte of Holland, was the younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. Following a coup, he was elected at the President of the Second Republic of France in 1848 and as the Emperor in 1852. There was no Napoleon II.

The 20 Franc coin is struck in 0.900 fineness. This was the common gold standard for coins during this period in Europe and America.

The edge is inscribed in raised lettering:


If you are looking for a graded coin, please contact our team on 01253 343081 or by email at [email protected]


This is the third type 20 Francs gold coin struck during the reign of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte III. The obverse bears a laureate portrait of the emperor designed by Désiré-Albert Barre, Chief Engraver at the Paris Mint. The coin bears the inscription:


The engraver's name BARRE is in relief below the head.


The reverse design by Désiré-Albert Barre bears the crowned shield bearing the arms of the Second French Empire of Napoleon III featuring an eagle with the divided value 20 FR. The inscription EMPIRE FRANCAIS are above the shield with the date below. The mint mark A or BB appears to the left of the date which varies depending on the coin.

The A mint mark shows that the coin has been struck in Paris, BB shows that it has been minted in Strasbourg.


Diameter 21mm
Weight 6.4516g
Alloy 21.6 carat gold
Fineness 0.900
Actual Gold Weight 0.1867 Troy oz
Obverse Designer Désiré-Albert Barre
Reverse Designer Désiré-Albert Barre
Mint Varies
Mintage  Varies depending on year
Finish Uncirculated


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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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Delivery Information

We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows.

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

Orders under £60

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.

If you wish to have your order sent by an alternative method (e.g., Saturday Guaranteed) please contact +441253343081 for more information. Please note, we will not dispatch high value orders over a bank holiday weekend.

For international delivery, please check with your local customs office for more information on custom duty and taxes.

Full delivery information can be found by clicking here.

Postal Insurance

We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders under £1500 there is no additional fee.
  • Orders over £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase. 

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