1815-R France Gold 20 Francs Louis XVIII
- Just one Louis 18, 20 francs gold coin available minted 1815
- Good circulated condition, see pictures
- Highly collectable
- Each coin contains 5.81 grams of gold
- Price inclusive of next day insured delivery to a UK address
- Mint: Royal Mint
- Supplied with presentation box and certificate of ownership
The Gold French coin that was struck in Britain
- A gold 20 Franc coin struck at The Royal Mint in London for a brief time in 1815
- Your one and only chance to own this scarcely seen Classic Gold coin
- Deemed counterfeit by the French authorities and the majority were melted
- Spread the cost over 10 interest-free monthly instalments of just £75
These coins have one of the most interesting stories you’ll ever find...
French 20 franc gold coins were approved by French King Louis XVIII to be struck by The Royal Mint in London during his exile.
Their purpose was for the use of the British army to pay the troops in France in 1815 in the period before the battle of Waterloo, giving them a currency that locals would accept.
British troops were occupying parts of North Western France, but some of the coins found their way to Paris and were considered counterfeits by the monetary authorities.
The French minting authorities were appalled. There was an exchange of diplomatic letters between France and England and the activity was stopped. No coins were struck after 30 November 1815.
The key difference between official French 20 Franc coins and the British “counterfeits” is the mint-mark found next to the year on the coin’s reverse.
The Royal Mint coins carry an ‘R’ – a letter that was not assigned to any French mint.
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