France 1918 5 centimes

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
from the Mountain Groan Collection

This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1917-20 during and after World War One. It was superseded by a slightly smaller coin struck 1920-38. This design was also used for similar ten 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: 33,591,616.

Specification: 3 g, copper-nickel, 19 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by E. E. Lindauer (1869-1942).

Catalog reference: F.121/2, KM 874.

Source:

  • 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.

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