France 1972 5 francs

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This specimen is a common date of a type struck at the Paris mint for France 1970-2001. It superseded a silver five francs of similar diameter, issued 1960-69. Some of the later dates after 1978 are only available from FDC sets. The original Roty design, called La Semeuse, appeared on French half, one and two francs of 1898-1920.

Recorded mintage: 45,507,000.

Specification: 10 g, nickel-plated copper-nickel, 29 mm diameter, after a design by Oscar Roty (1846-1911).

Catalog reference: F.341/4, KM 930.


  • 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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