France 1929 50 centimes
This specimen is the scarcest date of a series struck in France 1921-29 after World War One. It superseded a silver fifty centimes struck 1897-1920. This coin is very common in circulated condition but hard to find choice. The "Chambres de Commerce" also appeared on contemporary two and one franc coins. Altho issued by the Paris mint, technically this type is not a coin but a token issued by the national Chamber of Commerce, not the government. This enabled the politicians to postpone acknowledging the obvious, that the inflation of World War One had reduced the value of the franc to one-fifth of its former level and there was no going back. Finally, president Poincaré officially devalued the franc and ordered the issue of new coin types. The dates 1921-28 are common and 1929 is rare.
Recorded mintage: 6,668,514.
Specification: 2 g, aluminum-bronze, 18 mm diameter, plain edge.
Catalog reference: F.191/11, KM 884.
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