France 1903 5 centimes
The specimen shown is a five centimes of a type struck under the Third Republic of France 1898-1921. All are Paris mint issues. There are 32 dates in the series, some expensive but only the 1921 is rare. The 1903 is a better date. The total production for the series is about 211 million. The design was also used on bronze one, two and ten centimes of the Belle Epoque. All the bronze five centimes pieces were demonetized in 1935.
Recorded mintage: 2,879,219.
Specification: 5 g, bronze, 25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Baptiste Daniel-Dupuis (1849-99).
Catalog reference: F.119/13, KM 842.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.