France 1918 10 centimes
This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1917-38 during the waning years of the French Third Republic. It superseded a bronze "sou" struck 1898-1921. This design was also used for similar five and twenty-five centime pieces; the central hole kept it from being confused with larger denominations with similar diameters. This coin is very common in circulated condition but hard to find choice.
Recorded mintage: 30,605,494.
Specification: 4 g, copper-nickel, 21 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by E. E. Lindauer (1869-1942).
Catalog reference: F.138/2, KM 866a.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 35th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc VIII: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2009.