France 1877-K 5 centimes
The specimen shown is a five centimes, Cérès head, of a type struck under the Third Republic of France 1871-98. The majority are Paris mint issues but Bordeaux (mintmark "K") produced this type in 1871-78. There are 41 dates in the series, with a few rare dates, most notably the 1871-K and 1878-K. The 1877-K is a better date. The total production for the series is about 73 million, compared to 414 million Napoleon III "bare head" 5 centimes (1853-57) and 90 million "laureate head" 5 centimes (1861-65). The Cérès head was replaced by the "Marianne" head designed by Daniel-Dupuis (struck 1898-1921). All the bronze five centimes pieces were demonetized in 1935.
Recorded mintage: 1,193,000.
Specification: 5 g, bronze, 25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Eugéne-André Oudiné (1810-1887).
Catalog reference: F.118/16, Gad-157a, KM 821.1.
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