France L'AN6-A centime
The numismatics of the bronze coinage of the French First Republic is complex. For the five centimes, the first issue (An 4-5) was 5 g, 23 mm diameter and was immediately rejected by the populace along with the 10 g décime (ten centimes) and the 20 g double décime (twenty centimes). During An 5, the government tried again with larger coins, increasing the five centimes to 10 g and the décime to 20 g and abandoning the double décime. The revised types met with some success and they were issued in substantial numbers until An 9. Leftover stocks of light weight décimes were overstruck into five centimes and double décimes converted into décimes. However, the one centimes were struck AN 6 thru AN 8 with no change in type. They circulated until the 1850's and today few are found in Very Fine or better.
Paris produced all the one centimes for the First Republic. While numerous varieties are recorded for AN 6 and AN 7, none are listed for AN 8, which is a better date.
Recorded mintage: 47,178,314.
Specification: bronze, 2 g, 18 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Augustin Dupré (1748-1833).
Catalog reference: F.100/2 thru F100/8.
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