France 1958 50 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 122, lot 1053
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This specimen was lot 1053 in Jean Elsen sale 122 (Brussels, September 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Quatrième République (1947-1959), 50 francs, 1958, Guiraud. Très Beau. (France, Fourth Republic (1947-59), fifty francs of 1958, Giraud type, very fine.)"
This specimen is a scarce date of a type struck at the Paris mint 1950-58 under the Fourth Republic (1946-59). The inflation triggered by the devastation wreaked by World War Two continued thru the 1950's, forcing the regime to strike coins in ever higher denominations. The fifty centimes which replaced it in 1962 with the inauguration of the Fifth Republic was equal to this coin and was struck to a similar standard. This type was not demonetized until 1966.

Recorded mintage: 500,738.

Specification: 8 g, aluminum bronze, 27 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Georges Guiraud (1900-89).

Catalog reference: Gad-880, F.425/3, KM 918.1.


  • 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.
  • [1]Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.

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