France 1972 10 centimes

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is a common date of a type struck at the Paris mint 1962-2001. Unlike some of the other denominations of the Fifth Republic, this type was struck in large quantities (over five billion total, the highest of any French coin type) until the end of the franc in 2001.

Recorded mintage: 45,715,000.

Specification: 3 g, aluminum-bronze, 20 mm diameter, designed by Henri Lagriffoul (1907-81) and Adrien Dieudonné (1912-82).

Catalog reference: F.144/12, KM 933.


  • 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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