The famous French coin designer, Augustine Dupré, was appointed by King Louis XVI to design an early version of a Gold Angel coin in the 1790's. While he initially enjoyed the King's favor, the French Revolution began to brew and Dupré suddenly found himself sentenced to death at the hands of the guillotine. As legend has it, Dupré stood before the guillotine to be executed one stormy day and he pulled one of his Angel coins out of his pocket and rubbed it for good luck. At that moment, a bolt of lightning struck—causing his execution to be postponed. Before it could be rescheduled, Augustin Dupré was granted a pardon. For the rest of his life, he proclaimed that it was the lucky Angel coin which has literally saved his neck!