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25 Centimes Aluminium

25 Centimes (Aluminium) -  obverse 25 Centimes (Aluminium) -  reverse

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Features

Country Luxembourg
Type Common coin
Years 1954-1972
Value 25 Centimes (0.25 LUF)
Metal Aluminium
Weight 0.76 g
Diameter 19 mm
Thickness 1.29 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 28-02-2002
References L# 300, 306, Weiller# 290, 296, KM# 45a, Schön# 30a
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

Crowned shield and adorned with a Luxembourgish lion with forked tail, rampant to the left, on a field of ten pieces, below the name of the country in Luxembourgish between two rhombs.

Lettering: • LETZEBURG •

Translation: Luxembourg

Engraver: J.N. Lefèvre

Reverse

Facial value and mint year in three lines, accosted to the left of an oak branch.

Lettering:
25
CMES
1972

Engraver: J.N. Lefèvre

Edge

Smooth

Comments

Piece carved by Nina-Victorine Lefèvre (née Kestler), of Uzbek origin, and by her husband Julien Lefèvre, struck at the Brussels Mint. These coins were intended to replace the 25 cents in bronze. The alloy contains 97% aluminum and 3% magnesium, with a tolerance both outside and within 15 thousandths for aluminum and 10 thousandths for magnesium. The tolerance of the weight being 50 thousandths.

For the year 1963, Probst mentions three known examples in cupronickel (reference L#300-7). Weiller and no other catalog mention this variant. The reference L#306-8 corresponds to the 25 cents in silver, polished flan, minted in 1980.

Existing piece in coin alignment (KM#45a.1) and in medal alignment (KM#45a.2).
Orientation in medal alignment is much less common.

The medal alignment strikes exist for the 1960, 1963, 1965 and 1967 years. Probst and Weiller also mention a medal coin for the year 1954. This orientation for the year 1954 remains unknown to the current Luxembourg numismatists. However several copies of 1954 in off-center hits are known.


The 25-cent aluminum coins disappeared from circulation at the end of the 1980s. Their actual withdrawal was ordered much later by the Grand-Ducal Regulation of 20 December 2001 on the demonetisation of the francs to change over to the euro.

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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1954  7,000,000 KM#45a.1 (coin alignment)
1954  KM#45a.2 (medal alignment) RARE
1957  3,020,000 KM#45a.1 (coin alignment)
1960  3,020,000 KM#45a.1 (coin alignment)
1960  KM#45a.2 (medal alignment) RARE
1963  4,000,000 KM#45a.1 (coin alignment)
1963  KM#45a.2 (medal alignment) RARE
1965  2,000,000 KM#45a.1 (coin alignment)
1965  KM#45a.2 (medal alignment) RARE
1967  3,000,000 KM#45a.1 (coin alignment)
1967  KM#45a.2 (medal alignment) RARE
1968  600,000 KM#45a.1 (coin alignment)
1970  4,000,000 KM#45a.1 (coin alignment)
1972  4,000,000 KM#45a.1 (coin alignment)

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