France 1862-BB 5 centimes

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This is a common date of a type struck 1861-65. The coinage of bronze was suspended in 1857 but resumed in 1861 using this bust, the "tête laurée." Only Paris, Strasbourg (shown here) and Bordeaux participated in this later issue.

Specification: 5 g, bronze, 25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Jacques Barré (1793-1855).

Recorded Mintage: 8,583,899[1].

Catalog reference: F.117/6, KM-771.2; Gad-155.


  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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