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
Period French State (1940-1944)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1942-1944
Value 1 Franc (1)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Aluminium-magnesium
Weight 1.3 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 1.45 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 02-17-2005
Number N# 298
Numista (https://numista.com)
References F# 223,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.
Gad# 471,
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.
KM# 902,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 213
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Double-headed axe in the centre with an ear of wheat either side, lettering below. Lettering on top and bottom of axe and any mintmark to the left of the axe head

Lettering:
S PACIS
LB
PETAIN
ETAT FRANÇAIS

Translation:
S Pacis
KB
Petain
French State

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 the central numeral, lettering above, lettering below with the date

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

Translation:
Work Family
Country
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

Mints

Paris, France (864-date)
B Beaumont-le-Roger, France
C Castelsarrasin, France

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 main positions of the letter:
Die I - 'C' far from ax.
Die II - 'C' near ax. The discovery coin was published  on 5, February 2016.


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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1942  1.0% (fr) F. 223/1 - Essai
1942  0.23 0.24 0.50 1.56 20% warning, rare light version weight 1.3 g
1943  205 563 897 0.06 0.19 0.29 0.59 0.98 1.07 6.45 67% KM#902.1 (Paris)
1943 B 68 082 000 12.11 12.10 11.82 8.71 12% KM#902.2 (Beaumont)
1944  73 213 850 0.07 0.36 0.45 1.20 2.42 4.04 15.49 46% KM#902.1 (Paris)
1944 B 13 622 075 1.10 2.62 2.48 12.76 37.30 23% KM#902.2 (Beaumont)
1944 C 74 859 005 0.39 0.65 1.21 4.24 29% KM#902.3 (Castelsarrasin, large "C")
1944 C 1.82 1.57 43.05 7% KM#902.3 (Castelsarrasin, small "C")

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