20 Centimes

20 Centimes -  obverse20 Centimes -  reverse

Obverse © nordboutik59 - Reverse © Jérémy Pureur

Features

Country France
Period Fifth Republic (1958-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1962-2001
Value 20 Centimes (0.20 FRF)
Currency New franc (1960-2001)
Composition Copper-aluminium
Weight 4 g
Diameter 23.5 mm
Thickness 1.4 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 02-17-2002
Number N# 4
Numista (https://numista.com)
References F# 156,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.
Gad# 332,
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.
Schön# 230,
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
KM# 930
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

Marianne in left profile wearing the Phrygian cap of liberty, a national emblem of France, is surrounded with the lettering: "REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE" (French Republic)

Lettering:
REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
LAGRIFFOUL

Engraver: Henri Lagriffoul

Henri-Albert Lagriffoul was a French sculptor who won the Prix de Rome in 1932. His work is displayed in many public spaces in France. His head of "Marianne" appeared on the French coins from 1962–66. He also competed in the art competitions at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Reverse

The face value is surrounded with a wheat ear, an olive branch and the French motto: "LIBERTE - EGALITE - FRATERNITE" (liberty, equality, fraternity)

Lettering:
A.DIEUDONNE
LIBERTE·EGALITE
·FRATERNITE·
20
CENTIMES
1968

Engraver: Adrien Dieudonné

Adrien Dieudonne (1912-1982) is a medallist who authored the reverse of the French 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents minted from 1962.

Edge

Smooth

20 Centimes -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mint

Paris Mint (Monnaie de Paris), Pessac, France

Comments

Different privy marks throughout mintages:
Owl 1962-74 Raymond Joly
Dolphin 1975-94 Rousseau
Bee 1994-2000 Pierre Rodier
Horseshoe  2001 Gérard Buquoy

Variante pour 1997

Variante pour 2000

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1962  3 500 104.26 0.6% Essai
1962  48 200 000 0.30 0.15 0.46 0.28 0.36 0.26 25% owl mark
1963  190 330 000 0.11 0.13 0.18 0.21 0.25 0.20 0.52 43% owl mark
1964  127 546 600 0.14 0.08 0.18 0.19 0.30 2.37 1.07 35% owl mark
1965  27 059 000 0.09 0.06 0.14 0.36 0.30 3.56 15% owl mark
1966  21 762 171 0.14 0.19 0.58 0.30 13% owl mark
1967  138 782 305 0.12 0.09 0.13 0.15 0.18 3.56 0.65 34% owl mark
1968  77 411 000 0.06 0.12 0.12 0.17 0.27 13.61 28% owl mark
1969  50 576 050 0.12 0.14 0.20 0.26 3.56 24% owl mark
1970  70 050 000 0.11 0.13 0.12 0.20 2.15 24% owl mark
1971  31 092 000 0.07 0.18 0.24 0.26 0.64 8.31 18% owl mark
1972  39 755 000 0.11 0.12 0.26 0.30 1.19 22% owl mark
1973  45 319 000 0.09 0.12 0.15 0.18 0.19 0.55 2.31 21% owl mark
1974  54 348 811 0.09 0.07 0.12 0.20 0.18 2.37 4.75 25% owl mark
1975  40 622 011 0.06 0.12 0.12 0.18 0.20 3.56 4.33 19% dolphin mark
1976  117 645 711 0.08 0.15 0.18 0.18 0.18 3.56 1.14 29% dolphin mark
1977  100 365 011 0.15 0.12 0.13 0.19 0.27 4.75 26% dolphin mark
1978  125 039 011 0.07 0.14 0.18 0.15 0.24 1.36 1.31 32% dolphin mark
1979  70 040 511 0.32 0.17 0.18 0.24 0.27 5.55 8.56 20% dolphin mark
1980  20 010 011 0.18 0.12 0.24 0.47 8.31 15% dolphin mark
1981  125 000 011 0.09 0.18 0.18 0.20 0.20 3.12 1.42 31% dolphin mark
1982  150 002 511 0.09 0.12 0.18 0.18 0.20 2.37 7.14 27% dolphin mark
1983  110 000 972 0.36 0.14 0.20 0.17 0.23 4.25 2.62 28% dolphin mark
1984  200 000 447 0.06 0.12 0.14 0.18 0.24 4.63 5.93 33% dolphin mark
1985  150 002 511 0.05 0.11 0.12 0.17 0.26 2.37 1.19 26% dolphin mark
1986  40 000 011 0.12 0.12 0.24 0.24 2.40 5.93 17% dolphin mark
1987  59 996 967 0.07 0.18 0.18 0.18 0.25 2.77 4.69 24% dolphin mark
1988  223 230 576 0.09 0.11 0.14 0.17 0.24 3.90 1.19 30% dolphin mark
1989  139 996 449 0.07 0.12 0.15 0.15 0.36 1.16 3.31 28% dolphin mark
1990  50 000 011 0.12 0.13 0.13 0.30 4.75 7.12 16% dolphin mark
1991  39 990 011 0.06 0.14 0.13 0.53 7.12 16% dolphin mark
1991  2 500 0.3% dolphin mark, axis: medal alignment
1991  6 232 0.4% dolphin mark, proof
1992  89 965 011 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.25 1.19 0.18 21% dolphin mark
1992  2 698 0.3% dolphin mark, axis: medal alignment
1992  4 938 0.4% dolphin mark, proof
1993  109 970 011 0.18 0.17 0.17 0.30 2.37 1.54 22% dolphin mark
1993  3 095 0.4% dolphin mark, axis: medal alignment
1993  5 309 0.4% dolphin mark, proof
1994  79 973 368 0.09 0.19 0.19 0.23 0.25 0.89 8.86 21% bee mark
1994  60 000 000 0.14 0.14 0.19 0.24 7.12 1.19 14% dolphin mark
1994  4 566 0.3% proof
1995  109 979 011 0.21 0.23 0.24 0.24 0.88 10.57 21% bee mark
1995  4 796 0.4% bee mark, proof
1996  139 984 011 0.05 0.12 0.18 0.19 0.24 0.71 0.51 27% bee mark
1996  5 319 0.6% bee mark, proof
1997  6 436 0.7% bee mark, proof
1997  436 231 513 0.12 0.15 0.18 0.14 0.19 0.42 1.89 32% bee mark; 2 varieties (see comments)
1998  25 000 23.73 0.5% bee mark, BU
1998  7 404 0.6% bee mark, In Sets only
1999  25 500 35.60 0.5% bee mark, BU
1999  10 000 0.5% bee mark, In Sets only
2000  15 000 5.87 0.5% bee mark, proof
2000  85 385 000 0.24 0.17 0.19 0.21 1.19 1.78 18% spaced date (4.2mm) and the mint mark bee further from the spike
2000  23.73 0.6% spaced date (5mm) and the mint mark bee closer to the ear
2001  125 000 8.31 2% horseshoe mark
2001  35 000 9.78 0.6% horseshoe mark, proof

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