1851, France (2nd Republic). Nice Gold 20 Francs Coin. 2-Year Type. 6.44gm!
Mint year: 1851
Mint Place: Paris (A)
Denomination: 20 Francs (type struck during 1850 and 1851 only!)
Material: Gold (.900)
Obverse: Wreathed female head to right, flanked by fasces and olive-wreath. Star above, desgner’s signature (L.MERLEY.F.) below.
Legend: REPUBLIQUE * FRANCAISE. / L. MERLEY. F.
Reverse: Value 20) above denomination (FRANCS) within wreath. Mint initial (A) and date (1851) in exergue.
Legend: LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE (privy mark: pointing hand) A (privy mark: dog’s head)
The French Second Republic (or simply the Second Republic) was the republican government of France between the 1848 Revolution and the coup by Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte which initiated the Second Empire. It officially adopted the motto Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite. The Second Republic witnessed the tension between the “Social and Democratic Republic” (French: la Republique democratique et sociale) and a liberal form of Republic, which exploded during the June Days Uprising of 1848.