France 1861-A 2 centimes

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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"). This "laureate head" type was struck 1861-62 only at Paris, Bordeaux and Strasbourg. Two varieties exist for this date; one where the truncation of the bust points to the "1" in 1861 (F.108) and this one, where the truncation points to the "8" (F.108A). There is little difference in value. The two centimes is the rarest of the bronze denominations of Napoleon III, tho none are rare.

Recorded mintage: 4,981,557[1], a common date.

Specification: 2 g, bronze, 20 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: F.108A/1, Gad-104; KM 796.1.


  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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