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40 Francs French Gold Coin Napoleon I

40 Francs French Gold Coin Napoleon I


The 40 Franc Napoleon VF/XF French gold coin began production in the early 19th century, honoring Napoleon Bonaparte with a simple yet striking design.  There were two distinctive designs minted.  The common Emperor design depicting Napoleon with wreath, minted from 1807-1813 or the rare non-wreath design minted from 1803-1807.  With The rarest of all design being the Premier Consul coins issued from 1802-1803


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40 Franc Napoleon VF/XF French 1806 - 1913Napoleon Bonaparte was considered an outsider even through the eyes of his own followers, yet he led France to it’s greatest period of historic influence. He stands in company of Alexander the Great as two of the most feared military commanders of all time. As a leader Napoleon Bonaparte brought France to unprecedented heights of glory, only to see it all unravel do to his arrogance and hunger for even more power. The French Napoleon 20 and 40 Franc commemorates all of Napoleon Bonaparte’s efforts as a world leader. This beautiful gold coin from the early nineteenth century glorifies the monumental legacy of a man who continues to influence the world to this day.


Historical Events During Napoleon Bonaparte’s Reign

1797 – Defeated the Piedmontese and Austrians.

1798 – Captured Malta and entered Cairo, defeating the Turks.

1800 – Routed the Austrians at Marengo.

1804 – Assumed the hereditary title of Emperor.

1805 – Attacked the Austrians and Russians gaining victories in Ulm and Austerlitz.

1815 – Returned to France and regained power, but was defeated at Waterloo.

40 Franc Specifications

Minted: 1802 – 1813
Weight: 12.9039 grams
Fineness: .900 Gold
AWG: .3734 mm

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.3734 oz

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