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20 Francs

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Features

Country France
Period Third Republic (1870-1940)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1929-1939
Value 20 Francs (20)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Silver (.680)
Weight 20 g
Diameter 35 mm
Thickness 2.44 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 04-16-1945
References F# 400,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France. ISBN 9782916996554.
F# 400A,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France. ISBN 9782916996554.
Gad# 852,
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco. ISBN 9782906602465 .
KM# 879
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Obverse

Laureate head facing right, long and short leaves

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

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

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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 VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1929  3,234,436 11.86 11.86 16.01 21.29 23% (fr) F. 400/2
1929  9 0.9% Essai
1932  20 0.7% Existence not confirmed, 1 coin seen but doubtful
1933  24,447,048 7.71 8.78 9.96 12.75 12.55 71% 1- long laurel branches
1933  11.86 15.99 14.12 24% 2- short laurel branches
1934  11,785,213 11.86 12.93 12.79 22.10 28% (fr) F. 400/4
1936  46,584 1.3% (fr) F. 400/5
1937  1,189,205 14.65 23.72 11% (fr) F. 400/6
1938  10,462,216 8.90 8.48 9.49 12.72 20.30 31.73 41% (fr) F. 400/7
1939  447,763 1.5% (fr) F. 400/8

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