Napoleon defeated at rare coin auction



2015-06-26 12:00:48

Napoleon defeated at rare coin auction

The French Emperor's currency was narrowly beaten by Louis XIV in Monnaies d'Antan's sale

On Friday last week, a broad selection of collectible coins from France and beyond went up for sale courtesy of Poses auction house Monnaies d'Antan.

One lot which provoked a great deal of interest was a previously unheard of Merovingian coin. The piece, which is missing from Belfort and Prou's usually comprehensive work, the tiny (0.8g) coin with crude bust facing right easily outstripped its modest 750 estimate to bring 4,230 (with Buyer's Premium).

As expected, a Louis XIV gold coin sold on target at 8,225 (with BP). One of fewer than 4,000 ever minted, it was the top lot in the sale, but it pushed close in the end by a coin from a much later leader.

Napoleon 20 Fr piece Rare gold Napoleonic 20 Fr piece

An 1808 20Fr piece depicting Napoleon, one of a mere 646 struck, was the challenger. The left-facing bust presents Napoleon as very must an Emperor in the most classic Roman style complete with a laurel wreath.

The piece came close to doubling its 5,000 estimate, selling for 8,108.

Those interested in collecting or investment inrare gold coins may be interested in this portfolio, which is currently on the market. Alternatively, a rare letter written by Napoleon signed 'Bonaparte' is also available.

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