Angels have always been a source of fascinating for many societies and cultures around the world. There is a unique feel of mysticism surrounding angels. French Angel is popular in the field of numismatics. These legendary gold coins have always been associated with healing and protection. Coin collectors all over the world take great pride in owning these French Angel coins and some even call these coins ‘rewards of faith’.
Augustine Dupre created the ‘Guardian Angel design in the year 1793. On the 20 Franc gold coin, this design was incorporated only in 1871. It is not very easy finding these French Angel coins today as they are rare as compared to the French Rooster gold coins. According to the legend, Dupre, the designer of the coin was to be executed. When he was at the guillotine, he took out the Lucky Gold Angel coin to rub it for luck and said a prayer. A striking lightning panicked the crowd and his execution was put off for six months and he was freed later on. Dupre’s French Angel coin saved him as he went around telling people throughout his life. With the most creative design, the French Angel coin is definitely a favorite among avid coin collectors.
This coin features the winged guardian angel on one side with a candle to the left and a rooster to the right and the words Republique Francaise engraved around it. The other side of the coin is inscribed with the value of the coin 20 Francs, the mint date and a wreath around. The words Liberte Egalite Fraternite are engraved around the wreath.
The French Angel coins, after its introduction in the year 1792 was produced in full swing in denominations of 20 Francs from the year 1871 and was intermittently minted after that till 1898. Angel design in the 20 Franc denomination was minted for a brief period in the years 1848 and 1849 and again between 1899 and 1906.
French Angel design is also displayed on the 50 Franc pieces that were produced between 1878 and 1900. On the 100 Franc coins, the Angel design was used from 1878j to 1899.
Augustine Dupre, the designer of French Angel was saved from the guillotine as he believed due to his lucky French Angel gold coin. Certain sources do not refer to his status while others proclaim him to be a noble who designed coins during the reign on King Louis XVI. Dupre holds the distinction of being appointed by the King of France to design a gold medal to honor John Paul Jones, the Continental naval officer posthumously.
The value of French Angel gold coins cannot be underestimated as is evident with the fact that coin collectors around the world take immense efforts in acquiring these coins. The genuine Legal Tender French 20 Francs gold coins were originally minted between 1871 and 1898. These coins hold immense value as most of them were minted at the Paris mint. These coins are made of the finest .900 gold. AGW of the 1000 Franc is .9335 oz, the 50 Franc coin is .4467 and the 20 Franc coin is .1867 oz
Stories abound about how the French Angel coins have saved the lives of many through history. People claim they were saved by the Angel’s healing powers from many calamities including diseases such as terminal cancer and other tragic events. This numismatic coin is surrounded by an unprecedented mystic aura. Irrespective of the coins implications, it is a favorite among collectors for its sheer beauty.