France 1903 25 centimes
This specimen is from a one year type. It was the first attempt to circulate a coin of this denomination since 1848 but it was not a success as it was too close to the franc in size. In 1904, the reverse was redesigned and the coin changed from round to a 22-sided polygon. That too flopped. In 1914, this Lindauer design with a hole was introduced, which proved to be workable. This coin is very common in circulated condition but hard to find choice.
Recorded mintage: 16,000,000.
Specification: 7 g, nickel, 24 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Auguste Patey (1855-1930).
Catalog reference: Gad-362, F.168/3, KM 867.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.