France 1955 100 francs
This specimen is the commonest date of a type struck at the Paris and Beaumont-le-Roger mints 1954-58 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. It is a far cry from the magnificent gold coin of the Third Republic. The new franc which replaced it in 1960 with the inauguration of the Fifth Republic was equal to this coin and was struck to this standard. This type was not demonetized until 1966.
Recorded mintage: 152,517,500.
Specification: 6 g, copper-nickel, 24 mm diameter, designed by Robert Cochet (1903-88).
Catalog reference: F.450/4, KM 919.1.
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- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.