France 1851-A centime
This is a common date of a type struck 1848-51 at the Paris mint during the Second Republic of France. This type is a revival of a bronze centime struck under the First Republic An 6-An 8. The total mintage is nearly 25 million. Varieties exist with and without an accent on the E of REPUBLIQUE. The type was superseded in 1853 by the Napoleon III bare head centime (which weighed only 1 gram) and was demonetized in 1856.
Recorded mintage: 4,992,870.
Specification: 2 g, bronze, 18 mm diameter, plain edge, design after Augustin Dupré (1748-1833)..
Catalog reference: F.101/7, KM 754.
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