France 1961 5 francs

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is one of a type struck in Paris, France, 1960-69 for the Fifth Republic and its new franc (1 new franc = 100 old francs). The early dates (1960-67) were meant to circulate but were hoarded instead. This silver issue was less than half the weight of the old silver écu of five francs, last issued in 1878. It was superseded by a nickel coin issued 1970-2000.

Recorded mintage: 15,630,000.

Specification: 12 g, .835 fine silver, 29 mm diameter, edge lettered LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE, after a design by Oscar Roty.

Catalog reference: KM 926, F.340/5.


  • 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.

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