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2020 France €200 1 oz Gold Lafayette Octagonal Proof Coin Scarce and Unique Coin Division NGC PF70 UC First Day of Issue

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2020 France €200 1 oz Gold Lafayette Octagonal Proof Coin Scarce and Unique Coin Division NGC PF70 UC FDI
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Why buy this €200 France 2020 1 oz Gold Lafayette Octagonal Proof?

The United States will celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2026. In the years approaching the key anniversary, Monnaie de Paris, also known as "the Paris Mint," is issuing a series of octagonal coins that hark back to coins that it struck in the 1770's and 1780's. The coins celebrate France's support for America's Founding Fathers. This piece features Marquis de Lafayette, who left France to become a Major General and second in command to Gen. George Washington of the Continental Army.

  • This coin has a face value of 200€ in France.
  • The proof was struck at Monnaie de Paris.
  • It commemorates the 1789 Lafayette medal, which was struck after the American Revolution in 1789.
  • This piece was struck from 1 oz of .999 fine gold.
  • It is part of a mintage of just 250 pieces.
  • Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) graded the coin a perfect Proof 70.
  • NGC certified this coin both Ultra Cameo and First Day of Issue.
  • This is the first ever octagonal coin issued by France.

Striking Marquis de Lafayette Design

Both faces of the coin mirror the 1789 medal with only minor exceptions. Obverse: The obverse features a left-side portrait of Marquis de Lafayette. It was created by Rambert Dumarest, a renowned French engraver . Rim inscriptions running clockwise offer his name and ranks. The Euro denomination and "RF" (Republic of France) were added to design of the original medal.

Reverse: The reverse features an exact replica of the 1789 medal. Just the date, "2020," was added at the bottom. The design itself combines the Parisian coat of arms with the emblem of the French Grenadiers. Inscriptions on this face, which are in French, translate to "Live free or die" and "Volunteer Grenadier Company, Third Battalion, Sixth Division."

Flawless PF70 UC FDI

The experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) certified that this piece is in Proof 70 condition. To receive that grade, a coin must appear perfect as seen under 5x magnification. NGC also certified this piece Ultra Cameo, which means that it exhibits particularly sharp contrasts between heavily frosted devices and deeply mirrored fields. Finally, the grading company certified the coin First Day of Issue, a designation reserved for pieces that were submitted to NGC through an exclusive process.

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Don't miss your chance to own this Octagonal 2020 200€ France 1 oz Gold Lafayette Proof

This 2020 France €200 1 oz Gold Lafayette Octagonal Proof Coin Scarce and Unique Coin Division NGC PF70 UC FDI is proudly minted by the Monnaie de Paris. Monnaie de Paris is the oldest, perpetually running mint in the world.

Year of Issue:2020
Mint:Monnaie de Paris
Grading Service:NGC
Release Type:First Day of Issue
Variety:Scarce and Unique Coin Division
Display Weight:1 oz
Weight in Grams:31.1035 g
Weight in Ounces:1 oz
Diameter:37 mm
Legal Tender:France
Obverse Design:Lafayette Portrait
Reverse Design:Shield & Flags
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