France 1931 5 centimes

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1931 5 centimes rev DC.jpg

This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1920-38 during the waning years of the French Third Republic. It superseded a similar but slightly larger coin struck 1917-20. This design was also used for similar ten and twenty-five centime pieces; the central hole kept it from being confused with larger denominations with similar diameters. This coin is very common in circulated condition but hard to find choice.

Recorded mintage: 34,711,236[1].

Specification: 2 g, copper-nickel, 17 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by E. E. Lindauer (1869-1942).

Catalog reference: F.122/14, KM 875.


  • 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.
  • [1]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies, Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.

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