France 1855-W 5 centimes
"FRANCE, Napoléon III (1852-1870), Cu 5 centimes, 1855 W, Lille. Fleur de Coin (France, Napoleon III (1852-70), copper five centimes of 1855, Lille 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"). Two privy marks are reported for this date; the anchor shown here is slightly more common.
Specification: 5 g, bronze, 25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Jacques Barré (1793-1855).
Recorded Mintage: 11,158,108 (anchor privy mark) plus 6,299,653 (dog's head privy mark).
Catalog reference: F.116/29, KM 777.7; Gad-152.
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