Napoleon III, 20 Gold Francs, 1861-1870, BU
6.4516 g., .9000 GOLD, .1867 oz AGW., KM 801.1 & 801.2
Brilliant Uncirculated condition. Piece of rare beauty. The French monarchy was ousted by the Revolution of 1848 and the Second Republic proclaimed. Louis Napoleon Bonaparte (nephew of Napoleon I) was elected president of the Second Republic. He was proclaimed emperor in 1852. As Napoleon III, he gave France two decades of prosperity under a stable regime, but led it to defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, after which the third Republic was established. Now you can own this very affordable coin.