French Platinum Franc

  • Denominations: 100 and 500 francs
  • Purity: 99.0%
  • Tax Status: No sales tax
  • Mint: Monnaie de Paris
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Buy French Platinum Franc coins online. France only produced platinum coins on special occasions, as commemoratives. They are issued at considerably higher prices than other bullion coins. The platinum franc is in 2 denominations, namely: 100 and 500 francs.

For the 1987 100 France Platinum Francs, the coin was released on the 230th anniversary birth day of General Lafayette. The coin has a diameter of 31 millimeters. The coin has a gross weight of 20 grams and a 99.0% fine platinum. The obverse of the coin contains the effigy of General Lafayette; a French aristocrat, facing the left side of the coin. Along the periphery of the rim is the text “• GENERAL LA FAYETTE •” is inscribed from the mid-left side of the coin to the mid-right section of the coin, in a clockwise direction. From the mid-left section of the coin, the inscription “REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE” is engraved in a counterclockwise manner. The inscription translates to “Republic of France”. The name of the designer is below the effigy, ”D’AP. B. DUVIVIER”.

The reverse of the French Platinum Franc coin portrays a plant-like structure, fungus; liberty cap, which runs from the top to the bottom of the coin. At the top of the liberty cap, “LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE”. The texts follow each other in a descending order. The text translates to “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”. Cutting across the stalk of the of the liberty cap are two horizontal lines; one cutting at the middle of the stalk and the other near the base of the stalk. Between those two horizontal lines, the face value of the coin is carved; “100 F”. The year of mintage of the coin is at the bottom of the coin. The stalk of the liberty cap separates the year into two; “19” on the left side, “87”.

The coin was minted by the Monnaie de Paris also referred to as the Paris Mint which is a government-owned institution responsible for the production of the coins while the central bank of France (Banque de France) was responsible for the distributions of the coins. Collectors and investors can buy French Platinum Franc coins online exempt from sales tax or VAT. A Gold French Franc and Silver French Franc is also available from the same mint.

Additional information


Platinum Pt 999.0

Country of Origin



100 Francs, 500 Francs



Pure Platinum Content



Paris Mint