France 1904 25 centimes
This specimen is from a two year type struck in Prais for France 1904-05. It was the second attempt to circulate a coin of this denomination since 1848 but it was not a success as it was too close to the franc in size. It was a redesign of a 1903 issue that had failed. In 1914, this Lindauer design with a hole was introduced, which proved to be workable. This coin is very common in circulated condition but hard to find choice.
Recorded mintage: 16,000,000.
Specification: 7 g, nickel, 24 mm diameter, polygonal edge, designed by Auguste Patey (1855-1930).
Catalog reference: F.169/4, KM 866.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.