France 1853-D 2 centimes
"FRANCE, Napoléon III (1852-1870), Cu 2 centimes, 1853 D, Lyon. Fleur de Coin (France, Napoleon III (1852-70), copper two centimes of 1853, Lyon mint, uncirculated.)"The regime of Napoleon III finally carried out plans developed during the 1840's to melt down and remint all the old copper circulating in France, some of it dating back to before the Revolution of 1789. Several branch mints were reopened for this purpose. The existing mints were Paris ("A"), Strasbourg ("BB") and Bordeaux ("K"); the reopened mints were Lille ("W"), Marseilles ("MA"), Rouen ("B") and Lyon ("D"). The two centimes is the scarcest of the bronze denominations of Napoleon III, tho it is not rare. Small and large mintmark varieties are reported for this date.
Specification: bronze, 2 g, 20 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Jacques Barré (1793-1855).
Recorded Mintage: unknown (priced about six times the most common date).
Catalog reference: F.107/5, KM 776, Gad-103.
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