France 1954 10 francs
This specimen is a scarce date of a type struck at the Paris and Beaumont-le-Roger mints 1950-58 under the Fourth Republic (1946-59). The inflation triggered by the devastation wreaked by World War Two continued thru the 1950's, forcing the regime to strike coins in ever higher denominations. The ten centimes which replaced it in 1962 was struck to this standard. This type was not demonetized until 1970.
Recorded mintage: 2,207,000.
Specification: 3 g, aluminum bronze, 20 mm diameter, designed by Georges Guiraud (1900-89).
Catalog reference: F.363/10, KM 915.1.
- 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.