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½ Franc signature "O. Roty"

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

Obverse © HOOK

Features

Country France
Type Common coin
Years 1964-2001
Value 1/2 Franc (0.5 FRF)
Metal Nickel
Weight 4.5 g
Diameter 19.5 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 17-02-2002
References KM# 931.1, Gad# 429, F# 198, Schön# 232
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Monnaies francaises
by Francesco Pastrone
(Victor Gadoury)
Le Franc
by Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt
(Les Chevau-légers)
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 facial 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")

© Cyrillius

Comments

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

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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1964  515 Pre-Series
1965  4,700 Essai
1965  owl mark, normally sized letters on obverse
1965  184,833,600 owl mark, smaller letters on obverse
1966  88,890,400 owl mark
1967  28,392,000 owl mark
1968  57,548,000 owl mark
1969  47,144,000 owl mark
1970  42,298,000 owl mark
1971  36,068,000 owl mark
1972  42,302,000 owl mark
1972  owl mark, without "O ROTY"
1973  48,372,000 owl mark
1974  37,072,000 owl mark
1975  22,752,000 dolphin mark
1976  115,314,000 dolphin mark
1977  131,644,000 dolphin mark
1978  63,360,000 dolphin mark
1979  50,500 dolphin mark
1980  60,000 dolphin mark, In Sets only
1981  50,000 dolphin mark
1982  77,900 dolphin mark
1983  49,984,400 dolphin mark
1984  79,987,600 dolphin mark
1985  49,988,000 dolphin mark
1986  109,988,000 dolphin mark
1987  49,984,000 dolphin mark
1988  85,600 dolphin mark
1989  83,200 dolphin mark
1990  5,000 dolphin mark
1991  dolphin mark, medal alignment
1991  49,988,000 dolphin mark
1992  dolphin mark, medal alignment
1992  29,968,000 dolphin mark
1993  3,095 (fr) BU Frappe Médaille
1993  24,972,000 No mark
1994  10,000,000 bee mark
1994  29,972,111 dolphin mark
1995  29,976,000 bee mark
1996  55,977,500 bee mark
1997  99,976,000 bee mark
1998  25,000 bee mark, In Sets only
1999  25,500 bee mark, In Sets only
2000  75,000,000 bee mark
2001  125,000 horseshoe mark

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½ Franc (signature "O. Roty")