5 Francs

5 Francs - obverse5 Francs - reverse

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Features

Issuer France
Period Fourth Republic (1946-1958)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1945-1952
Value 5 Francs
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Aluminium
Weight 3.5 g
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1 October 1966
Number
N#
1190
References F# 339,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-Légers, Paris, France.
Gad# 766,
Francesco Pastrone; 2021. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2021 (25th edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.
KM# 888b,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 203b
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

Laureate head left

Script: Latin

Lettering:
REPUBLIQVE FRANÇAISE
A.LAVRILLIER

Translation: French Republic

Engraver: André-Henri Lavrillier

Reverse

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
RF
5
FRANCS
1947

Engraver: André-Henri Lavrillier

Edge

Smooth

5 Francs -  obverse

Mints

Mintmark of Monnaie de Paris Monnaie de Paris, Paris (and Pessac starting 1973), France (864-date)
B Beaumont-le-Roger, France
C Castelsarrasin, France (?-1946)

Mark

Wing Lucien Bazor, General coin engraver, Monnaie de Paris (1931-1958)

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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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1945  Wing $ 0.53 $ 2.10 $ 5.30 3% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1945  Wing 95 398 800 $ 0.10 $ 0.28 $ 0.53 $ 1.10 $ 1.30 $ 5.30 $ 5.80 43% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1945  Wing 1 100 $ 18 0.9% Trial strike
1945 B Wing 6 043 200 $ 1.70 $ 1.70 $ 3.10 $ 5.30 $ 8.70 10% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1945 C Wing 2 208 114 $ 12 $ 12 $ 12 $ 16 4% KM#888b.3 (open 9)
1946  Wing 61 332 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.38 $ 0.52 $ 1.10 $ 1.10 $ 3.40 $ 3.40 34% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1946 B Wing 13 360 400 $ 0.13 $ 0.75 $ 0.90 $ 2.10 $ 6.30 13% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1946 C Wing 1 268 907 $ 5.80 $ 13 $ 16 $ 29 4% KM#888b.3 (open 9)
1947  Wing $ 0.16 $ 0.32 $ 0.53 $ 1.30 16% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1947  Wing 46 575 600 $ 0.11 $ 0.12 $ 0.53 $ 1.10 $ 1.10 $ 3.30 $ 3.30 41% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1947 B Wing $ 0.27 $ 0.42 $ 1.40 $ 2.00 $ 2.90 $ 17 11% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1947 B Wing 30 838 800 $ 0.54 $ 0.54 $ 0.54 $ 1.30 $ 2.40 $ 2.90 23% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1948  Wing $ 14 $ 14 2% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1948  Wing 104 473 600 $ 0.19 $ 1.60 $ 2.80 $ 2.80 15% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1948 B Wing 0.4% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1948 B Wing Photo 28 046 800 $ 40 $ 53 $ 55 3% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1949  Wing 203 251 600 $ 0.11 $ 0.21 $ 0.48 $ 0.53 $ 0.82 $ 0.92 $ 3.60 49% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1949  Wing $ 0.42 3% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1949 B Wing 48 414 000 $ 0.27 $ 0.32 $ 0.42 $ 1.20 $ 2.10 $ 4.30 $ 4.30 27% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1950  Wing 128 371 600 $ 0.10 $ 0.35 $ 0.53 $ 1.10 $ 1.10 $ 1.70 $ 2.70 23% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1950 B Wing 28 952 000 $ 0.56 $ 0.56 $ 3.20 $ 4.20 11% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1952  Wing 4 000 000 $ 12 $ 12 $ 22 $ 22 4% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Sold price
Picture 1 of a sold 5 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
The Coinhouse Auctions
Auction 14
Lot 278
Internet Archive
Mar 28, 2020 1948 B Wing – KM#888b.2 (open 9) VF USD 37.16
(EUR 35.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Katz
Auction 109
Lot 607
Internet Archive
Jan 27, 2024 Undetermined UNC USD 285.60
(EUR 269.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Katz
Auction 103
Lot 619
Internet Archive
Dec 9, 2023 Undetermined UNC Unsold
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Katz
Auction 82
Lot 1701
Internet Archive
May 13, 2023 Undetermined UNC Unsold
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Katz
Auction 79
Lot 374
Internet Archive
Mar 21, 2023 Undetermined UNC USD 6.37
(EUR 6.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Katz
Auction 67
Lot 1141
Internet Archive
Sep 24, 2022 Undetermined UNC Unsold
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 2798
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined UNC Unsold
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Katz
Auction 114
Lot 452
Internet Archive
Feb 24, 2024 Undetermined XF Unsold
The lot includes several items.
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Katz
Auction 103
Lot 620
Internet Archive
Dec 9, 2023 Undetermined F USD 5.31
(EUR 5.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Katz
Auction 82
Lot 1702
Internet Archive
May 13, 2023 Undetermined F Unsold
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