France 1872-K 50 centimes

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This dime-sized coin was struck at Bordeaux during the Third Republic of France (1870-1940). It is a better date of a type struck 1871-95. All issues are Paris mint except for the Bordeaux mint (mintmark "K") issues of 1871-73. Like all fifty centimes struck after 1864, the fineness was only .835. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in the 1920's.

The catalog[1] notes 16 dates for the type, three dates (1873-K, 1878-A and 1889-A) are rare. This date is not rare but is about half again as much as the 1872-A.

Recorded mintage: 1,643,470.

Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge. It was designed by Eugène André Oudiné, 1810-1887. This head of Cérès was originally used on the 50 centimes of 1849-51.

Catalog reference: F.189/4, KM 834.


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

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