One of the most popular gold coins of the 19th and early 20th centuries was the Gold Franc. Known today as the “Euro before the Euro,” the Gold Franc originated in France and became the backbone of the Latin Monetary Union, earning adoption in nations such as Belgium, Switzerland, and elsewhere. 40 Francs Swiss Gold Coins are currently available from random years right now through JM Bullion.
- Arrives inside of protective packaging!
- Issued as early as 1803!
- Contains .3734 Troy oz of actual gold content.
- Issued a face value of 40 Francs.
- Obverse includes random designs based upon year of issue.
- Reverse includes the crowned arms.
- You may receive several coins with the same date mark when buying multiples.
The production history of the 40 Francs Gold Coin is as diverse as any coin in world history. French francs were first issued as early as 1360 in France, but the Franc Gold Coins collectors know today primarily came from the 19th century and originated in France during the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The first Franc Gold Coins were introduced in 1803 with denominations ranging from 5, 10, and 20 up to 40, 50, and 100. The 10, 20, and 100 Franc Gold Coins would go on to feature prominently across Europe in the 19th century, but these 40 Franc Swiss Gold Coins were a rarity as the denomination was not popular with users.
On the obverse of 40 Franc Swiss Gold Coins is the bust of the ruling emperor or King of France to match the date mark. Common examples include a bust of Charles X, King of France from 1824 to 1830. The coins often feature a date mark in Roman numerals on the obverse, with Arabic numerals on the reverse.
The reverse of 40 Franc Gold Coins includes the crowned arms of France. This shield features 3 fleur-de-lis symbols against a background of horizontal lines with a crown atop the shield and a wreath encircling the shield. The denomination is split on either side of the shield as “40” and “F.”
40 Franc Swiss Gold Coins in this JM Bullion listing are available from random years. We cannot guarantee a year or design in this listing as your coins are chosen at random in the warehouse when your payment has processed. It is possible you could receive multiples of the same year when buying more than one coin. 40 Franc Gold Coins were struck with French designs by several nations, including in Geneva, Switzerland during the French occupation of the area (1798-1814).
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