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1 Franc - Charlotte small Type

1 Franc - Charlotte (small Type) -  obverse 1 Franc - Charlotte (small Type) -  reverse

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Features

Country Luxembourg
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1952-1964
Value 1 Franc (1 LUF)
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 4 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness 1.6 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 09-01-1991
References L# 299, Weiller# 289, KM# 46.2, Schön# 33
Prifix : catalogue illustré des monnaies luxembourgeoises
by Romain Probst
(La banque du timbre)
Les Monnaies Luxembourgeoises
by Raymond Weiller
(Université Catholique de Louvain)
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

A puddler (Feierstëppler) at work, in the background the blast furnaces, above the name of the country in Luxembourg, mintage year at the bottom, initials of the engraver at 8 o'clock.

Lettering:
LETZEBURG
A.B.
1957

Translation: Luxembourg

Engraver: Armand Bonnetain

Reverse

Crowned monogram of Charlotte (1896-1985), Grand Duchess of Luxembourg from 1919 to 1964, with both sides of the face value. Below two branches of rosebush and the initials of the engraver.

Lettering:
1 Ch F.
A.B.

Engraver: Armand Bonnetain

Edge

Reeded

Comments

This coin is very common, engraved by Armand Bonnetain and coined at the Brussels currency workshop.
The type was introduced by the Grand-Ducal decree of November 13, 1952, intended to replace the 1 franc - large module.
This coin is made of cupronickel alloy (containing 75% copper and 25% nickel) with a tolerance both outside and inside within 1%. The weight tolerance is 2.9%. This is the last time the puddler was used as a motif for a Luxembourg coin. Please refer to the KM # 35 (1 franc) data sheet for more information about the Feierstëppler.

The reference L#299-8 corresponds to the silver coinage issued in 1980.

There are two different types for the right:



The corner of the type 1 (worker in the center) was used only for the 1952 mint year:

  • Handle far from L of LETZEBURG
  • Date far from handle

The type 2 (worker below) was taken over for the years 1953 - 1964:
  • Handle close to L of LETZEBURG
  • Date close to handle

Note that the dimensions of the puddler do not vary, only its position as well as that of the background and the legend change. The reverse type 1 and type 2 are identical.

These pieces were demonetized by the Grand-Ducal regulation of 11 January 1991.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1952  5,000,000 0.29 0.48 0.25 L#299-1 / type 1
1953  2,000,000 0.53 0.83 L#299-2
1955  1,000,000 0.46 0.34 L#299-3
1957  2,000,000 0.28 0.57 0.30 L#299-4
1960  2,000,000 0.17 0.23 0.43 L#299-5
1962  2,000,000 0.14 0.53 L#299-6
1964  2,000,000 0.20 0.31 0.22 L#299-7

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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