France Gold 20 Francs Lucky Angel AU

France Gold 20 Francs Lucky Angel AU

Only $21.99 per coin over spot!
Augustin Dupre's classic design of Standing Genius, more commonly referred to as an Angel, graces the obverse of this 20 Franc Gold coin. The coin's angelic design makes them popular as gifts or as an investment in a smaller-size, unique Gold.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .1867 oz of Gold.
  • Design by Augustin Dupré and minted from 1871-1898.
  • Comes in a protective plastic flip.
  • Obverse: Standing Genius writing the Constitution, rooster at right, fasces at left.
  • Reverse: Denomination above the date within a wreath encircled by "Liberté Égalité Fraternité," France's motto meaning "Liberty, equality, fraternity".
  • Coins will come in Almost Uncirculated condition.

Protect your French Gold Lucky Angel coin in style by adding an attractive display box to your order.

The Lucky Angel coin design is often used for gift giving because of its iconic design. Enhance your Gold holdings by adding this French 20 Francs Lucky Angel coin to your cart today!

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Origins of the French Angel Coin

History and legend coincide in these enduring 20 Franc Gold angel coins. For more than two centuries, the Paris Mint’s guardian angel coins have inspired countless tales of faith, luck and good fortune.

Following the French Revolution in 1791, master engraver Augustin Dupré was called on to create new currency for the Paris Mint. On the coin’s reverse, he featured the génie ailé, or winged genius. Standing contrapposto, his outstretched arm inscribes France’s constitution. Over time, collectors began to refer to Gold coins bearing Dupré’s design as guardian angel coins.  

Luck of the Angel Coin

Folklore surrounding the lucky Gold angel coin began with Dupré himself. Varying legends claim that an angel coin saved Dupré from death by guillotine. In one account, as he bowed his head beneath the blade, he rubbed a Gold angel coin in his hand and prayed desperately for his life to be spared. A nearby bolt of lightning threw the executioner and crowd of onlookers into a panic before the blade could be dropped. Dupré’s execution was stayed and months later he was freed. Alternate versions of the story claim that Dupré kept his head simply by allowing the executioner to keep the Gold.

Dupré’s winged genius design was used on several denominations of French angel coins throughout the 19th century. Legends continued to follow the coins. It was said that Napoléon Bonaparte carried a Gold angel coin with him every day but lost it shortly before his defeat at Waterloo. Ship captains, fighter pilots and soldiers involved in conflicts across the globe and during both World Wars were known to carry guardian angel coins along with their gear for special protection.

Purchase Angel Coins Through APMEX

As a popular collector's item and investment piece, angel coins have captured the imagination of generations. Whether you’re interested in their properties as a talisman or in their rich history, you will find that APMEX offers the simplest and most secure method for purchasing angel coins.

Customer Reviews of France Gold 20 Francs Lucky Angel AU
France Gold 20 Francs Lucky Angel AU
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Beautiful coin, extremely quick shipping

By  Aurora

from Georgetown, Texas


Purchased my coin to use in a piece of jewelry, better condition than expected with extremely fast shipping.


  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design

The Lucky Gold Angel

By  The Lucky Guardian Angel

from New Paris, Indiana


Right now these sell for just $1.00 over that of the Napolean III or the French Rooster. These contain .1867 oz. of gold, same as those two. For bullion, these are great. Everyone wants a lucky angel. Don't you feel it's good to have a guardian angel around all the time? I do. In fact I Hope to become one some day. This coin is available in a book sometimes, and it's got a very interesting story attached to it. A man was saved from the guillotine because he carried one of these in his pocket. I got an 1877 once, really felt that was a lucky coin. Buy one just because it's fun, adventurous, and who can't use some good luck? May God Bless, and why not buy a beautiful gold angel minted in Paris? It's truly a beautiful coin!


  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand


  • Common (higher mintage)

Very nice coin, good condition

By  Razmoket

from San Francisco, CA


It's a nice little coin, coming from France, with a nice design and a bit of legend/history attached to it. And on this item, Apmex's price was surprisingly competitive: the premium over the spot gold price is reasonable, in the same range as the other French sibling coin, the rooster. Condition was extra-fine, as described


  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design


  • Common (higher mintage)

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