France 1861-BB centime
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 first batch, bearing the bare head of Napoleon III, was struck 1853-57. The second batch, bearing the laureate head of Napoleon III, was struck 1861-2 and 1870. The mints used for this type were Paris ("A"), Strasbourg ("BB") and Bordeaux ("K"). The one centime is the second rarest of the bronze denominations of Napoleon III, tho none are rare.
Specification: bronze, 1 g, 15 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Albert-Desiré Barré (1818-76).
Recorded Mintage: 3,011,938, a somewhat better date.
Catalog reference: F.103/2, Gad-87; KM 795.2.
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