France 1903 franc
This coin was struck at Paris during the French Third Republic (1870-1940). It is a better date of a type struck 1898-1920. It is struck without mintmark and is the last type of franc to be struck in silver. Like all francs struck after 1866, the fineness was only .835. It was demonetized in 2005 but ceased to circulate in the 1920's.
The catalog notes 26 dates for the type, the dates 1900, 1903 and 1914-C are rare. Matte proofs were struck in 1898 and 1900; these are expensive. This date is rare; it was lot 1864 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007).
Recorded mintage: 472,883.
Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, 23 mm diameter, reeded edge. It was designed by Oscar Roty, 1846-1911. La Semeuse, or Sower, was so popular that the design was revived for the franc of the Fifth Republic, struck in nickel 1959-2001.
Catalog reference: F.217/8, KM 844.1.
- 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.