France 1899 centime
The specimen shown is a one centime of a type struck under the Third Republic of France 1898-1920. All are Paris mint issues. There are 19 dates in the series, some expensive but only the 1900 and 1910 are rare. The 1899 is a slightly better date. The total producton for the series is about 31 million. The design was also used on bronze two, five and ten centimes of the Belle Epoque. All the bronze one centimes pieces were demonetized in 1940, by which time they were worthless.
Recorded mintage: 1,500,000.
Specification: 1 g, bronze, 15 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean-Baptiste Daniel-Dupuis (1849-99).
Catalog reference: F.105/3, KM 839.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc VIII: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2009.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.