France 1931 25 centimes
This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1917-37 during the waning years of the French Third Republic. It superseded a similar coin struck in pure nickel 1914-17. This design was also used for similar five and ten centime pieces; the central hole kept it from being confused with higher denominations with similar diameters. This coin is very common in circulated condition but hard to find choice.
Recorded mintage: 22,120,626.
Specification: 5 g, copper-nickel, 24 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by E. E. Lindauer (1869-1942).
Catalog reference: F.171/15, KM 867a.
- 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.