20 Francs

20 Francs -  obverse20 Francs -  reverse

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Features

Issuer France
Period Third Republic (1870-1940)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1929-1939
Value 20 Francs
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Silver (.680)
Weight 20 g
Diameter 35 mm
Thickness 2.44 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 16 April 1945
Number N# 684
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References F# 400,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.
F# 400A,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.
Gad# 852,
Francesco Pastrone; 2019. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2019 (24th edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.
KM# 879
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Laureate head facing right, long and short leaves

Script: Latin

Lettering:
REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
P.TURIN

Translation:
REPUBLIC OF FRANCE
P.TURIN

Engraver: Pierre Turin

Pierre Louis Aristide Turin, born August 3, 1891 in Sucy-en-Brie where he died on July 25, 1968, is a French engraver and medalist. He is mobilized in August 1914 when the First World War broke out. In 1920, he received the first grand prix of Rome in engraving of medal and fine stone, then a gold medal in the specialized exhibition of 1925. In 1928, competing for the Monnaie de Paris, he was chosen to create a new type of currency at the head of Marianne who will bear his name: the "Turin type". This model of engraving was used for the pieces of ten francs until 1949 and twenty francs until 1939, then declined in the French colonies.

Reverse

Denomination above date, inscription below, grain columns flank on both sides

Script: Latin

Lettering:
20
FRANCS
1937
LIBERTE
EGALITE
FRATERNITE

Translation:
20
FRANCS
1937
LIBERTY
EQUALITY
BROTHERHOOD

Engraver: Pierre Turin

Pierre Louis Aristide Turin, born August 3, 1891 in Sucy-en-Brie where he died on July 25, 1968, is a French engraver and medalist. He is mobilized in August 1914 when the First World War broke out. In 1920, he received the first grand prix of Rome in engraving of medal and fine stone, then a gold medal in the specialized exhibition of 1925. In 1928, competing for the Monnaie de Paris, he was chosen to create a new type of currency at the head of Marianne who will bear his name: the "Turin type". This model of engraving was used for the pieces of ten francs until 1949 and twenty francs until 1939, then declined in the French colonies.

Edge

Reeded

20 Francs -  obverse

© ADRIARTH

Comments

A few types are known.

Obverse:
Die 1 - long laurel branches over head.
Die 2 - short laurel branches over head.

Reverse:
1933
Die A - wing privy mark in the middle under C and S  in FRANCS. There are 2 styles of 33 in date: A1 - 3 and 3 close, thin; A2 - 3 and 3 far, thick.
Die B - wing privy mark to the right under C and S, more under S in FRANCS. There are 2 styles of 33 in date: B1 - 3 and 3 far, thin, on the same level; B2 - 3 and 3 far, thin the last 3 lower.
Die C - wing privy mark under S in FRANCS, 3 and 3 far.


Combinations:
1929, 1934-1938 Obv. 1
1933 1+A1, 1+A2, 1+B1, 1+B2, 1+C, 2+B1.




1933 counterfeits exist in bronze-aluminum with a thin silver sheath

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1929  3 234 436 $ 9.20 $ 9.20 $ 9.80 $ 13 $ 26 22% (fr) F. 400/2
1929  9 0.8% Essai
1932  20 0.7% Existence not confirmed, 1 coin seen but doubtful
1933  24 447 048 $ 6.37 $ 7.84 $ 8.82 $ 11 $ 17 72% 1- long laurel branches
1933  $ 12 $ 12 $ 12 $ 26 23% 2- short laurel branches
1934  11 785 213 $ 9.80 $ 11 $ 11 $ 11 $ 19 $ 19 28% (fr) F. 400/4
1936  46 584 1.2% (fr) F. 400/5
1937  1 189 205 $ 15 $ 20 $ 23 10% (fr) F. 400/6
1938  10 462 216 $ 6.86 $ 6.86 $ 7.00 $ 8.35 $ 11 $ 17 $ 18 41% (fr) F. 400/7
1939  447 763 1.3% (fr) F. 400/8

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Past sales

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Heritage Auctions
Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 231931
Lot 61278
Internet Archive
Aug 1, 2019 1934 – (fr) F. 400/4 UNC The lot includes several items.
Picture 1 of a sold 20 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 20 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 20 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 20 Francs
Heritage Auctions
2021 January 21 - 22 NYINC World & Ancient Coins Platinum & Signature Auction - Dallas 3089
Lot 32547
Internet Archive
Jan 21, 2021 1939 – (fr) F. 400/8 UNC
(NGC MS67+)
USD 2520.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 20 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 20 Francs
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232217
Lot 64505
Internet Archive
Apr 21, 2022 Undetermined UNC
(NGC MS65)
USD 192.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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Heritage Auctions
2020 January 12 - 13 World Coins Signature Auction - New York 3081
Lot 30518
Internet Archive
Jan 13, 2020 Undetermined UNC
(NGC MS64)
USD 84.00
(incl. buyer's premium)

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