5 Francs Essai Piedfort

Features

Country Madagascar
Type Pattern
Year 1953
Value 5 Francs (5)
Currency CFA franc (1945-1963)
Composition Aluminium
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 126102
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# PE3
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

Female personification of the French Republic, wearing winged phrygian cap with French tricolor left. Cargo ships in background.

Lettering:
REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
ESSAI
L.BAZOR G.B.
1953

Translation: French Republic

Engraver: Lucien Georges Bazor

Lucien Georges Bazor was Chief Engraver at the Paris mint from 1930 to 1958. He was born in Paris in 1889 and initially studied under his father, Albert Bazor. Bazor later became the pupil of Patey at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. He won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1923 for his engraving.

Reverse

Value above three conjoined Zebu heads, flanked by sprays, value within horns.

Lettering:
5
FRANCS
MADAGASCAR

Engraver: Lucien Georges Bazor

Lucien Georges Bazor was Chief Engraver at the Paris mint from 1930 to 1958. He was born in Paris in 1889 and initially studied under his father, Albert Bazor. Bazor later became the pupil of Patey at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. He won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1923 for his engraving.

Comments

The ESSAI on some coins is vertical behind the head and in front of FRANCAISE.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1953  104

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