France 1931 5 centimes
This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1920-38 during the waning years of the French Third Republic. It superseded a similar but slightly larger coin struck 1917-20. 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: 34,711,236.
Specification: 2 g, copper-nickel, 17 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by E. E. Lindauer (1869-1942).
Catalog reference: F.122/14, KM 875.
- 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.