France 1919 5 centimes
This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1917-20 for France 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 It was superseded by a slightly smaller coin struck 1920-38.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: 43,848,000.
Specification: 3 g, copper-nickel, 19 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by E. E. Lindauer (1869-1942).
Catalog reference: F.121/3, KM 874.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.