France 1954 50 francs

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is a scarce date of a type struck at the Paris mint 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 fifty centimes which replaced it in 1962 with the inauguration of the Fifth Republic was equal to this coin and was struck to the same module. This type was not demonetized until 1966.

Recorded mintage: 1,083,200.

Specification: 8 g, aluminum bronze, 27 mm diameter, designed by Georges Guiraud (1900-89).

Catalog reference: F.425/12, KM 918.1.


  • 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.

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