2 Francs Vichy French State

Features

Country France
Period French State (1940-1944)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1943-1944
Value 2 Francs (2)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Aluminium-magnesium
Weight 2.2 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 02-17-2005
Number N# 299
Numista (https://numista.com)
References F# 270,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.
Gad# 536,
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.
KM# 904,
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# 214
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Double-headed axe in centre with ear of wheat either side, lettering below. Lettering on top and bottom of axe
NOTE: If there is a mintmark it is on the left, above the wheat and to the side of the head
NOTE: The 1943 Essai coin has ESSAI above the axe

Lettering:
ÉTAT FRANÇAIS
S PACIS
PETAIN

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·
2
·FRANCS·
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

Mints

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

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1943  3% Essai
1943  114 573 271 0.10 0.36 0.36 0.66 1.22 4.18 5.35 82% KM#904.1 (Paris)
1943 B 34 131 000 1.22 4.26 14.62 13.81 5.80 16% KM#904.2 (Beaumont)
1944  32 769 825 0.30 0.54 1.25 3.62 30% KM#904.1 (Paris)
1944 B 10 297 863 1.03 2.79 4.80 6.68 6.53 6.63 21% KM#904.2 (Beaumont)
1944 C 19 470 267 1.22 4.29 5.47 5.56 16% KM#904.3 (Castelsarrasin)

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