French State (1940-1944)
|Value||5 Francs (5)|
|Orientation||Coin alignment ↑↓|
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.Gad# 764,
Francesco Pastrone; 2019. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2019 (24th edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.KM# 901
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
PHILIPPE PETAIN MARECHAL DE FRANCE
+ CHEF DE L'ETAT +
From the original planned mintage of 200,000,000; only 13,782,000 pieces were minted as the German occupational authorities wanted to reserve the nickel used by Monnaie de Paris for the war efforts and as such the coin was not needed considering the banknotes of the same value was already in circulation. The coins were stockpiled in the storehouse of Monnaie de Paris located in Castellsarrasin for three years without never being released for circulation. The whole mintage was moved to Germany to be melted down in order to reuse the nickel but the boat transporting the coins on the Sambre River in Belgium was sunk by an Allied bombardment. It is reported that only 50,000 pieces were saved from the river.
|1941||13 782 000||$ 318||97%||(fr) F. 338/2|
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