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½ Franc signature "O. Roty"

½ Franc (signature "O. Roty") -  obverse½ Franc (signature "O. Roty") -  reverse

Obverse © HOOK

Features

Country France - Modern
Period Fifth Republic (1958-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1964-2001
Value 1/2 Franc (0.5 FRF)
Currency New franc (1960-2001)
Composition Nickel
Weight 4.5 g
Diameter 19.5 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 02-17-2002
References F# 198,
Le Franc
by Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt
(Les Chevau-légers)
Gad# 429,
Monnaies francaises
by Francesco Pastrone
(Victor Gadoury)
KM# 931.1,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 232
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

The Sower, designed by Oscar Roty in 1900: a national emblem of the French Republic

Lettering:
REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
O. Roty

Engraver: Louis-Oscar Roty

Louis Oscar Roty is a French sculptor and medalist, born in Paris on June 11, 1846, and died in the same city on March 23, 1911.

Reverse

Underneath the face value, an olive branch is surrounded with the French motto: "LIBERTE - EGALITE - FRATERNITE" (liberty, equality, fraternity)

Lettering:
LIBERTE·EGALITE·FRATERNITE
1/2
FRANC
2000

Engraver: Louis-Oscar Roty

Louis Oscar Roty is a French sculptor and medalist, born in Paris on June 11, 1846, and died in the same city on March 23, 1911.

Edge

Reeded

½ Franc (signature "O. Roty") -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mint

Monnaie de Paris, Pessac, France

Comments

Different privy marks throughout mintages:
Owl 1958-74 Raymond Joly
Dolphin 1974-94 Rousseau
Bee 1994- Pierre Rodier
Horseshoe 2000-2002 Gérard Buquoy

 The 1993 'No mark' has missing privy marks both sides of denomination ...




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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1964  515 0.5% Pre-Series
1965  4,700 1.3% Essai
1965  0.19 0.22 0.50 0.64 13% owl mark, normally sized letters on obverse
1965  184,868,600 0.05 0.09 0.18 0.19 0.25 0.64 0.64 42% owl mark, smaller letters on obverse
1966  88,897,571 0.14 0.13 0.13 0.26 0.97 30% owl mark
1967  28,394,305 0.19 0.22 0.27 20% owl mark
1968  57,551,000 0.14 0.26 0.27 0.27 27% owl mark
1969  47,150,050 0.22 0.22 0.22 0.32 25% owl mark
1970  42,308,000 0.11 0.22 0.22 0.27 0.77 5.69 24% owl mark
1971  36,080,000 0.22 0.22 0.27 22% owl mark
1972  42,317,000 0.05 0.22 0.28 0.32 2.36 24% owl mark
1972  0.53 1.2% owl mark, without "O ROTY"; see comments
1973  48,451,000 0.22 0.23 0.23 0.28 2.71 24% owl mark
1974  37,170,800 0.06 0.21 0.22 0.23 0.27 2.16 4.33 23% owl mark
1975  22,804,000 0.25 0.21 0.21 0.24 2.16 4.06 20% dolphin mark
1976  115,349,700 0.16 0.16 0.18 0.17 0.17 1.99 34% dolphin mark
1977  131,669,000 0.11 0.18 0.27 0.27 1.08 1.33 37% dolphin mark
1978  63,384,000 0.21 0.20 0.20 0.22 9.20 25% dolphin mark
1979  50,500 50.05 1.3% dolphin mark
1980  60,000 27.06 1.5% dolphin mark, In Sets only
1981  50,000 30.84 1.0% dolphin mark
1982  77,900 31.39 1.1% dolphin mark
1983  50,000,961 0.22 0.22 0.22 0.27 2.14 25% dolphin mark
1984  80,001,436 0.06 0.24 0.24 0.27 4.76 29% dolphin mark
1985  50,000,500 0.25 0.22 0.22 0.26 1.08 1.44 21% dolphin mark
1986  110,003,011 0.13 0.19 0.24 0.27 2.26 2.26 32% dolphin mark
1987  49,995,967 0.20 0.22 0.27 0.27 18% dolphin mark
1988  96,176 24.35 1.2% dolphin mark
1989  94,649 16.23 1.9% dolphin mark
1990  15,011 75.76 0.7% dolphin mark
1991  49,988,011 0.16 0.16 0.31 0.31 0.87 23% dolphin mark
1991  2,500 0.8% dolphin mark, medal alignment
1992  29,968,011 0.22 0.22 0.87 2.12 13% dolphin mark
1992  2,698 0.3% dolphin mark, medal alignment
1993  3,095 0.11% medal alignment
1993  24,972,011 0.22 0.37 0.75 1.29 1.29 14% No mark
1994  29,975,818 0.22 0.54 8.13 11% bee mark
1994  10,000,000 0.22 0.22 0.80 2.16 14% dolphin mark
1995  29,980,013 0.23 0.35 0.35 9.74 18% bee mark
1996  55,982,513 0.29 0.37 0.37 0.89 0.89 20% bee mark
1997  99,991,013 0.17 0.19 0.19 0.27 0.42 3.25 25% bee mark
1998  25,000 21.65 1.0% bee mark, In Sets only
1999  25,500 27.06 1.1% bee mark, In Sets only
2000  75,100,513 0.22 0.22 0.22 0.54 3.79 21% bee mark
2001  125,000 9.74 3% horseshoe mark

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