France 1899 5 centimes

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINCsale, lot 3572
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown is a five centimes of a type struck under the Third Republic of France 1898-1921. All are Paris mint issues. There are 32 dates in the series, some expensive but only the 1921 is rare. The 1899 is a common date. The total production for the series is about 211 million. The design was also used on bronze one, two and ten centimes of the Belle Epoque. All the bronze five centimes pieces were demonetized in 1935. The first specimen was lot 3572 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $182.13. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 5 Centimes, 1899. PCGS MS-66 RD Secure Holder. Finest certified example. Sharply struck with beautiful bronze luster throughout."

Recorded mintage: 7,400,000 plus matte proofs.

Specification: 5 g, bronze, 25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Baptiste Daniel-Dupuis (1849-99).

Catalog reference: F.119/7, KM 842.


  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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