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French 10 francs Napoleon III with Laurel

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Tavex is pleased to present a European classic, the eminent French 10 franc Napoleon III gold coin. ... read more
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Introduction

Tavex is pleased to present a European classic, the eminent French 10 franc Napoleon III gold coin. With a rich history of more than 600 years, the 10 franc gold coin recalls France’s former eminence as one of the great powers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Standardised and authorised by Napoleon Bonaparte himself, the 10 franc ranks among France’s most treasured and sought-after gold coins. Displaying perfect uniformity and accuracy for over a century, French 10 francs facilitated world trade and became the basis for Europe’s first monetary union. With more than 100 million pieces, they are liquid and widely recognised on the European bullion market. Representing an era of French industrial, cultural and social advancement, the French 10 franc Napoleon III gold coin comes in an affordable weight, making it appropriate as a collector’s item, a gift, or a tangible gold investment.

Why Buy

  • 10 franc Napoleon III gold coins are distinguished French coins. The 10 franc gold piece is France’s most famous coin and likewise one of the best-known gold coins in Europe.
  • 10 franc Napoleon III gold coins are money. They are exempt from Value Added Tax, and as suchare exchangeable throughout Europe by bullion dealers and investors alike.
  • 10 franc Napoleon III gold coins are liquid. With more than one hundred millions pieces minted since the 1800s, French 10 franc gold coins have strong liquidity and a guaranteed market.
  • 10 franc Napoleon III gold coins were part of Europe’s first monetary union. The French gold franc was the basis for the Latin Monetary Union, Europe’s first major currency union.
  • 10 franc Napoleon III gold coins are an excellent way to diversify your portfolio. Gold’s low correlation with other financial assets makes French 10 franc gold coins serve as a portfolio hedge against market risk.
  • 10 franc Napoleon III gold coins are the equivalent of savings. French 10 franc gold coins are an ideal choice for any long-term saver who appreciates the security and stability of owning physical gold coins.

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  • Product value (1pc)
    1 496,99 DKK
  • Buyback price
    1 236,00 DKK
  • Your risk now
    260,99 DKK

Fact: gold price in DKK has risen 71.38% in the last 8 years. The lowest price was 7 537,09 DKK/oz and the highest 14 927,00 DKK/oz. Current world market price is 13 948,00 DKK/oz

History

The origin of the French gold franc

The fascinating history of the gold francbegan in the 14th century during the Hundred Years’ War. This was the time of a series of waged conflicts between France and Britain, and during the Battle of Poitiers in 1356, in France, the French King John II was captured by his English foes. The English sought a ransom for the French king, three million gold coins to be exact. Once the terms were agreed upon, King John was released, and his return from captivity was glorified with the introduction of a gold coin called the franc à cheval, meaning “free on horse”, alluding to how the King rode out as a free man. Although the new gold franc was there after used in trade throughout France, its uniformity was often subject to revaluation. This changed when Napoleon Bonaparte came to power at the beginning of the 1800s.  

Uniform French gold francs were authorised by Napoleon Bonaparte

Considered one of the world’s foremost military leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte, highly skilled in politics, managed during the end of the French revolution to assert himself as First Consul of the new French government. A staunch proponent of gold, he authorised the standardisation and creation of the Napoleon gold coin in 1803. The new coin carried his effigy and was originally minted in two denominations, 20 and 40 francs. Denominations of 5, 10, 50 and 100 francs were later introduced and minted at various times, but the most popular and consequently most minted was the 20 franc gold coin. The first 10 franc gold coin was introduced in 1850, weighing 3.225 grams and containing 90% gold, or 2.902 grams of gold.

The 10 franc gold coin was last issued in 1914, and although the design and the depicted effigy changed during this period, the coin’s denomination and uniformity stayed the same, contributing to the coin’s reputation and popularity as a trustworthy and accurate gold coin.  Consequently, all 10 franc gold coins minted in the 19th and 20th centuries are referred to as “Napoleons”.

Napoleon III depicted on the French 10 franc gold coin

Born in 1808, in Paris, Charles Louis-Napoleon (III) Bonaparte was nephew of Napoleon I. He grew up in exile due to the removal of Napoleon I from power in 1815 and the subsequent ousting of his dynasty from France. During his adult life in exile, Charles Louis-Napoleon constantly hatched plans how to reinstate himself as the rightful heir of the former Napoleonic empire.

In 1848, the window of opportunity presented itself when the French King Louis Philippe, as a result of the February Revolution was overthrown. Charles Louis-Napoleon, who had returned to France, managed to secure a majority of the popular vote in the general election which followed. Consequently, he was sworn in as the president of the new French Republic. During his early tenure, he ruled as a president, but due to being constrained by the French constitution to only one term in power, he would execute a coup and in the process making himself Emperor of France, thus continuing his rule as dictator.

Although governing with authoritarian leadership, Napoleon III proved to be an effective leader who brought dramatic positive changes to the French society. During his two decade of rule, France prospered both economically and socially. His more noteworthy social reforms included giving workers the right to strike and the right to organize, and providing women greater access to public education. His economical policies included opening up the French economy by lowering tariffs, thus stimulating trade. He invested large sums of money into France infrastructure; railways, canals, roads, and seaport were constructed. During his rule, the French fleet grew into the second largest after the British. Likewise, the French industrial and agricultural production increased dramatically, leading to the threat of famine to recede for the first time in centuries.

Even though Napoleon III enjoyed a wide support among the French electorate, he faced a growing internal political opposition. In 1870, Napoleon III was taken capture when his army lost a decisive battle against Prussian forces. Defeated in battle, France surrendered and lost the Franco-Prussian war. Napoleon’s III political foes took advantage of France weakened position and Napoleon III absence, by relinquishing him of his powers as emperor of France. Once the peace treaty was negotiated between France and Prussia, Napoleon III was set free. Even though he was free, Napoleon III was not able to return home because of his deprived political position and the still heated public anger over the lost war. Charles Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte decided to move to Britain with his wife where he stayed until his death in 1973.

As the French empire expanded, the need for gold and silver coinage increased. To satisfy the vast demand, gold francs were minted in several mints, and, over the years thatNapoleon gold coins were issued, more than twenty French mints, but also mints in countries under French rule, produced these desired gold coins. Every mint that struck gold francswas obligated to leave a unique identification mark on every coin so that the origin of the gold franc would be more easily traceable. The mark could either be a letter, a symbol, or a monogram. For instances, the letter “A” corresponded to the Paris mint, while the letter R, or the symbol of a crown, was the mark of the Rome mint. Although the production of gold francswas widespread throughout France and Europe, the large majority of these gold coins were minted by the Monnaie de Paris. Founded in 864 by the French King Charles the Bald, the Monnaie de Paris is the largest and oldest mint in France and likewise the oldest French institution. Even though the mint was a government institution and was responsible for the mintage of French circulating coinage, it shared this responsibility for almost a millennium with other French mints, hence the many different mint markings on the Napoleon gold coin.

 

In 1878, the Paris mint was granted exclusive privilege to be the only French mint to produce circulating coinage and is today the country’s main mint and sole producer of the official French euro coinage.

Product weight in grams
3.22444
Gold weight in grams
2.902
Fineness
900
Gold weight in troy ounces
0.0933
Diameter
19
Thickness
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Face value description
10 franc
Manufacturer
France

Obverse

The obverse of this coin portrays the effigy of Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of Napoleon I, with a laurel. Surrounding his effigy is the text “NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR”. Under the effigy is the signature of the master engraver “BARRE”.

Reverse

The reverse contains an ornate shield which in the centre portrays the motif of an eagle. Surrounding the shield is the text “EMPIRE FRAN ÇAIS”, which translates as “French empire” and the denomination 10 FR. Under the shield is the year of mintage and the mint mark.

Packaging

Each coin is individually packaged in a hard plastic capsule if desired.

Pickup in Tavex store

You can choose to pick up your order in our store in Copenhagen. As soon as we receive your payment, we will contact you via email and phone, and you can then collect your order.

Delivery via UPS

After receiving your payment, your order will be shipped as soon as possible (normal within 24 hours) and you will receive a tracking number from UPS. UPS’ delivery time is approx. 1-3 working days.

To ensure that our customers personally receive and sign for the shipped goods, orders are sent as a value package via UPS with delivery, where a signature is required. UPS attempts delivery three times. If you have not been home to receive the package after the 3 attempts, the package is returned to Tavex. You can track your package via your tracking number here.

In some cases, it is possible to order collection of your package at a UPS delivery point, this requires a special agreement with Tavex. Please note that the delivery location may ask for ID when collecting packages.

Please note that all orders (unless otherwise agreed with Tavex) are sent by home delivery, and that you must therefore be at home and sign for receipt – Contact us if you wish to have your package sent to a UPS pick-up point.

Insurance

Your package is sent as an insured value package with UPS and should your package unexpectedly disappear or be damaged during transport, Tavex will resend your order or refund your payment. The insurance is valid until you have acknowledged and received the package.

Packaging

Your order is packed in protected packaging and sent in a discreet unmarked envelope/package.

Tracking

As soon as your order is packed, your tracking number will be sent to your email. You can follow the location and status of your package via the UPS website.

Shipping costs

Tavex offers free shipping on purchases over DKK 8,500 (excl. VAT)

0 – 8.500 DKK excl. VAT 123,75 DKK
8.501 – 1.000.000 DKK excl. VAT Free delivery
1.000.000+ DKK excl. VAT Contact us

The above prices are valid for deliveries in Denmark (not including Greenland or the Faroe Islands). If you want delivery abroad, please contact us on +45 3311 1510 or tavex@tavex.dk.

Delays/goods not in stock

If your package is sent later than expected, a given product is not in stock or temporarily sold out, you will be contacted by phone or email and you will be informed of the expected delivery time of your order.

NOTE: When delivering with UPS and picking up in our store, you must present a valid photo ID (passport or driver’s license).

  • Free delivery over DKK 8,500
  • Large stock
  • Fast delivery
  • 100% insured delivery

Vast Stock Availability

Tavex has the majority of products always in stock and therefore can offer you quick delivery and same day pickup with market leading prices. Tavex is an official partner for all the biggest mints in the world, such as The Perth Mint Australia, Austrian Mint (Münze Österreich), China Great Wall Coins Investments Ltd., gold bar market leader PAMP Suisse and Valcambi and other gold factories and dealers.

Same day pickup

Feel free to visit our office during opening hours to take a free consultation or learn more about a specific product. If you purchase online you can pick-up the products at the same day we receive the payment.

Low prices

Over 25 years on the market and large volumes have enabled us to offer you the best prices on the market. With Tavex you can maximise your investment’s return because of low margins and spreads.

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