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French Indochina was a French colonial possession in South-Eastern Asia. It was first settled by the French in 1858 and 1862. In 1879 and 1884 wars were fought against the Annamese and Chinese Empires for hegemony in the local area. In 1893, a war with Siam enlarged the territory with the addition of Laos, and by 1913 the region spanned the current area of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Following the fall of France in the summer of 1940, Japan was allowed to occupy the now-Vichy administered territory, annexing it formally towards the end of the war, when the Japanese withdrew following their surrender in September 1945. Local unrest sparked rebellions against French colonial rule, and the First Indochina War between the French and locals resulted in France decolonizing the region following the defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Read more

See also: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Tonkin, French Cochinchina

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French Indochina - Piastre (1880-1952)

5 Sapeques = 1 Cent • 100 Cents = 1 Piastre

2 Sapèque – obverse
2 Sapèque – reverse
2 Sapèque
1887-1902
Bronze – 2.01 g – ø 20 mm
KM# 6
¼ Centime – obverse
¼ Centime – reverse
¼ Centime
1941-1944
Zinc – 2.4 g – ø 20 mm
KM# 25, Schön# 25
½ Centime – obverse
½ Centime – reverse
½ Centime
1935-1940
Bronze – 4.0 g – ø 21 mm
KM# 20
½ Centime – obverse
½ Centime – reverse
½ Centime
1939-1940
Zinc – 3.04 g – ø 21 mm
KM# 20a
1 Centime – obverse
1 Centime – reverse
1 Centime
1885-1894
Bronze – 9.91 g – ø 31 mm
KM# 1
1 Centime – obverse
1 Centime – reverse
1 Centime
1895
Bronze – 10 g – ø 31 mm
KM# 7
1 Centime – obverse
1 Centime – reverse
1 Centime
1896-1906
Bronze – 7.51 g – ø 27.5 mm
KM# 8
1 Centime – obverse
1 Centime – reverse
1 Centime
1908-1939
Bronze – 4.8 g – ø 26.22 mm
KM# 12.1, KM# 12.2, KM# 12.3, Schön# 16
1 Centime – obverse
1 Centime – reverse
1 Centime
1940-1941
Zinc – 6 g – ø 27.5 mm
KM# 24.1, KM# 24.2, KM# 24.3, Schön# 22
1 Centime – obverse
1 Centime – reverse
1 Centime
1943
Aluminium – 0.6 g – ø 17.3 mm
KM# 26
5 Centimes – obverse
5 Centimes – reverse
5 Centimes
1923-1937
Copper-nickel – 5 g – ø 24 mm
KM# 18, Schön# 17
5 Centimes – obverse
5 Centimes – reverse
5 Centimes
1938-1939
Nickel-brass – 4 g – ø 24 mm
KM# 18.1a, Schön# 17a
5 Centimes – obverse
5 Centimes – reverse
5 Centimes
1943
Aluminium – 0.7 g – ø 20.5 mm
KM# 27
5 Centimes – obverse
5 Centimes – reverse
5 Centimes
1946
Aluminium – 0.7 g – ø 18 mm
KM# 30.1
10 Centimes – obverse
10 Centimes – reverse
10 Centimes
1885-1897
Silver (.900) – 2.72 g – ø 19 mm
KM# 2, KM# 2a
10 Centimes – obverse
10 Centimes – reverse
10 Centimes
1898-1919
Silver (.835) – 2.7 g – ø 19 mm
KM# 9
10 Centimes – obverse
10 Centimes – reverse
10 Centimes
1920
Silver (.400) – 3.00 g – ø 19 mm
KM# 14
10 Centimes – obverse
10 Centimes – reverse
10 Centimes
1921-1937
Silver (.680) – 2.70 g – ø 19 mm
KM# 16.1, KM# 16.2
10 Centimes – obverse
10 Centimes – reverse
10 Centimes
1939-1940
Nickel – 3 g – ø 18 mm
KM# 21.1, Schön# 22
10 Centimes – obverse
10 Centimes – reverse
10 Centimes
1939-1941
Copper-nickel – 3 g – ø 18 mm
KM# 21.1a, Schön# 22a

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Numista referee for this country is CassTaylor.

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