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1 Franc Vichy French State - light type

1 Franc (Vichy French State - light type) -  obverse1 Franc (Vichy French State - light type) -  reverse

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Features

Country France - Modern
Period French State (1940-1944)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1942-1944
Value 1 Franc (1)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Aluminium
Weight 1.3 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 1.45 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 02-17-2005
References KM# 902,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Gad# 471,
Monnaies francaises
by Francesco Pastrone
(Victor Gadoury)
F# 223,
Le Franc
by Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt
(Les Chevau-légers)
Schön# 213
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

Double-headed axe in centre with ear of wheat either side, lettering below. Lettering on top and bottom of axe.
NOTE: Mintmark (if any) to left of axe head

Lettering:
S PACIS
LB
PETAIN
ETAT FRANÇAIS

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

Oak leaves either side of central numeral, lettering above, lettering below with date.

Lettering:
TRAVAIL·FAMILLE·
·PATRIE·
1
·FRANC·
1943

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.

Edge

Smooth
The image shows both heavy KM#902.1 (bottom) and light KM#902.1-3 (top) type

1 Franc (Vichy French State - light type) -  obverse

Comments

Three varieties of 1944 C are known.
1. Variety small C. The small C was done by using the awl of the 50 centimes Vichy 1944 C.



2. Large C is known in 2 different positions of the letter:


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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1942  (fr) F. 223/1 - Essai
1942  0.24 0.24 0.59 1.39 warning, rare light version weight 1.3 g
1943  205,563,897 0.38 0.29 0.29 0.54 0.90 KM#902.1 (Paris)
1943 B 68,082,000 8.84 10.69 10.69 KM#902.2 (Beaumont)
1944  73,213,850 0.29 0.29 1.11 2.21 KM#902.1 (Paris)
1944 B 13,622,075 2.09 2.09 2.42 11.66 KM#902.2 (Beaumont)
1944 C 74,859,005 0.35 0.45 1.11 3.87 KM#902.3 (Castelsarrasin, large "C")
1944 C 1.25 KM#902.3 (Castelsarrasin, small "C")

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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