5 Francs

5 Francs -  obverse5 Francs -  reverse

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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
Number N# 1190
Numista (https://numista.com)
References F# 339,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.
Gad# 766,
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd 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, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 203b
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

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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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1945  1.38 2.42 0.61 4% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1945  95 398 800 0.11 0.36 0.58 1.21 1.63 33.91 45% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1945  1 100 1.0% Trial strike
1945 B 6 043 200 1.82 6.05 14.53 12.86 10% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1945 C 2 208 114 18.16 18.90 51.92 4% KM#888b.3 (open 9)
1946  61 332 000 0.06 0.44 0.61 1.21 1.67 1.99 3.58 35% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1946 B 13 360 400 1.82 0.97 4.84 21.19 12.11 13% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1946 C 1 268 907 15.43 18.16 4% KM#888b.3 (open 9)
1947  0.36 0.42 0.61 1.82 17% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1947  46 575 600 0.12 0.18 0.61 1.21 1.61 2.42 1.33 42% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1947 B 0.47 0.30 2.42 2.42 11% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1947 B 30 838 800 0.85 0.61 1.97 2.77 5.40 24% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1948  24.22 30.27 3% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1948  104 473 600 0.36 1.82 3.63 6.44 90.82 15% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1948 B 0.5% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1948 B 28 046 800 36.33 84.76 3% KM#888b.2 (open 9)
1949  203 251 600 0.11 0.24 0.54 0.85 1.21 0.80 4.07 49% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1949  2.05 4% KM#888b.1 (open 9)
1949 B 48 414 000 0.36 0.48 1.33 2.81 2.71 28% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1950  128 371 600 0.11 0.40 0.61 1.21 2.70 2.42 3.20 23% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)
1950 B 28 952 000 2.34 3.63 4.84 10.73 11% KM#888b.2 (closed 9)
1952  4 000 000 29.06 36.33 49.65 2.60 5% KM#888b.1 (closed 9)

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