France 1878-A centime

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The specimen shown is a one centime, Cérès head, of a type struck under the Third Republic of France 1872-97. The majority, including this one, are Paris mint issues but Bordeaux produced this type in 1872-78. There are 24 dates in the series. The total production for the series is about 24 million, compared to 67 million Napoleon III "bare head" centimes (1853-57) and 41 million "laureate head" centimes (1861-62 & 1870). The Cérès head was replaced by the "Marianne" head designed by Daniel-Dupuis (struck 1898-1920). All the bronze centimes pieces were demonetized in 1940 but by then were worthless.

Specification: bronze, 1 g, 15 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Eugene-André Oudiné (1810-87).

Recorded Mintage: 1,500,000[1], a common date.

Catalog reference: F.104/7, Gad-88; KM 819.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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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