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5 Francs

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Features

Country France
Period Fourth Republic (1946-1958)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1945-1952
Value 5 Francs (5)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Aluminium
Weight 3.5 g
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 10-01-1966
References F# 339,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France. ISBN 9782916996554.
Gad# 766,
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco. ISBN 9782906602465 .
KM# 888b,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Schön# 203b
  • Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461840.
  • Helmut Kahnt, Günter Schön; 2016. Weltmünzkatalog 19. Jahrhundert: 1801-1900 (17. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461185.
  • Gerhard Schön, Sebastian Krämer; 2017. Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert: 2001-2016 (3. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461383.

Obverse

Laureate head left

Lettering:
REPUBLIQVE FRANÇAISE
A.LAVRILLIER

Translation: French Republic

Engraver: André-Marie Lavrillier

André-Marie Lavrillier, born on May 7, 1885 in Paris, and died in 1958, is a French engraver-medalist, winner of the Prix de Rome in 1914.

Reverse

The denomination above date within sectioned wreath with the mintmark below the lowest of the seven ║ in the design

Lettering:
RF
5
FRANCS
1947

Engraver: André-Marie Lavrillier

André-Marie Lavrillier, born on May 7, 1885 in Paris, and died in 1958, is a French engraver-medalist, winner of the Prix de Rome in 1914.

Edge

Smooth

Mints

Paris, France (864-date)
B Beaumont-le-Roger, France
C Castelsarrasin, France

Comments

Question about weight.
Thanks to certain correspondence found in the archives, we know that the 1945 strikes fall into two main categories: 3.5g and 3.8g. Using the register of issue judgments allows us to go further because, in addition to the number of coins struck, it shows the total weight of each issue. We thus have confirmation that the strikes started in 1945, on January 2, at the target weight of 3.5g.
Of all 95,398,800 struck in Paris in 1945, we already know that 11,786,400 copies were struck at a target weight of 3.5g while the others are distributed in a range of 3.75 to 3.9g
For Beaumont-Le-Roger, the aluminum strikes do not start until the end of May at a target weight of 3.8g.
For Castelsarrasin, we have no data.
The 1952 production would have been destined for Algeria.
Source: Le Franc 2019 (page 910)

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How to understand the difference between closed and opened "9":

at the left is closed and at the right is opened "9"

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1945  0.58 2.33 0.58 4% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1945  95,398,800 0.10 0.35 0.58 1.17 1.60 32.65 44% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1945  1,100 1.0% Trial strike
1945 B 6,043,200 1.75 5.83 14.04 10% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1945 C 2,208,114 17.49 20.99 52.48 4% KM#888b.3 (open 9)
1946  61,332,000 0.42 0.58 1.17 1.85 35% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1946 B 13,360,400 1.17 0.93 4.66 20.41 11.66 14% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1946 C 1,268,907 17.49 17.49 4% KM#888b.3 (open 9)
1947  0.23 0.41 0.58 1.60 17% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1947  46,575,600 0.12 0.12 0.58 1.17 1.60 4.43 1.28 42% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1947 B 0.45 0.29 2.33 2.33 11% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1947 B 30,838,800 0.62 0.58 2.23 2.67 5.36 24% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1948  23.32 5.83 3% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1948  104,473,600 1.17 1.75 3.20 6.20 87.46 15% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1948 B 0.5% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1948 B 28,046,800 44.31 69.97 3% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1949  203,251,600 0.29 0.54 0.93 1.17 3.14 3.92 49% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1949  4% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1949 B 48,414,000 0.12 0.47 1.55 2.68 2.61 28% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1950  128,371,600 0.10 0.38 0.58 1.17 2.67 2.33 3.17 24% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1950 B 28,952,000 2.25 9.33 3.73 11% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1952  4,000,000 34.98 48.98 5% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)

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