½ Franc signature "O. Roty"

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

Obverse © HOOK

Features

Issuer France
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
Number N# 5
Numista (https://numista.com)
References F# 198,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.
Gad# 429,
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.
KM# 931.1,
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# 232
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

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

Paris 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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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1964  515 0.6% Pre-Series
1965  4 700 1.2% Essai
1965  0.21 0.18 0.23 0.53 0.15 1.35 14% owl mark, normally sized letters on obverse
1965  184 868 600 0.09 0.08 0.20 0.21 0.27 1.06 0.32 41% owl mark, smaller letters on obverse
1966  88 897 571 0.11 0.14 0.15 0.18 0.29 3.78 1.11 30% owl mark
1967  28 394 305 0.09 0.18 0.22 0.23 0.29 0.35 1.83 19% owl mark
1968  57 551 000 0.09 0.18 0.23 0.26 0.29 27% owl mark
1969  47 150 050 0.16 0.23 0.23 0.25 0.35 0.36 0.59 24% owl mark
1970  42 308 000 0.09 0.13 0.23 0.23 0.29 0.80 1.77 23% owl mark
1971  36 080 000 0.10 0.13 0.23 0.23 0.29 1.65 22% owl mark
1972  42 317 000 0.11 0.08 0.23 0.30 0.29 0.42 2.35 24% owl mark
1972  0.57 1.2% owl mark, without "O ROTY"; see comments
1973  48 451 000 0.09 0.23 0.23 0.25 0.29 0.18 3.41 23% owl mark
1974  37 170 800 0.12 0.15 0.23 0.27 0.28 2.35 4.23 23% owl mark
1975  22 804 000 0.11 0.23 0.23 0.23 0.29 0.55 3.52 20% dolphin mark
1976  115 349 700 0.16 0.15 0.20 0.18 0.19 0.64 1.17 34% dolphin mark
1977  131 669 000 0.60 0.12 0.20 0.29 0.29 0.54 4.10 36% dolphin mark
1978  63 384 000 0.12 0.22 0.22 0.23 0.23 0.25 9.38 25% dolphin mark
1979  50 500 26 1.2% dolphin mark
1980  60 000 29 1.5% dolphin mark, In Sets only
1981  50 000 49 1.0% dolphin mark
1982  77 900 55 1.1% dolphin mark
1983  50 000 961 0.10 0.25 0.23 0.23 0.29 3.52 1.11 25% dolphin mark
1984  80 001 436 0.07 0.23 0.25 0.29 1.98 1.96 29% dolphin mark
1985  50 000 500 0.20 0.23 0.23 0.28 1.38 1.17 21% dolphin mark
1986  110 003 011 0.11 0.11 0.22 0.26 0.29 2.35 1.58 31% dolphin mark
1987  49 995 967 0.13 0.22 0.23 0.23 0.33 7.04 17% dolphin mark
1988  96 176 47 1.1% dolphin mark
1989  94 649 10 12 18 1.7% dolphin mark
1990  15 011 106 0.7% dolphin mark
1991  49 988 011 0.09 0.19 0.35 0.29 1.17 11 23% dolphin mark
1991  2 500 0.6% dolphin mark, medal alignment
1992  29 968 011 0.11 0.23 0.23 1.15 0.70 13% dolphin mark
1992  2 698 0.3% dolphin mark, medal alignment
1993  3 095 0.15% medal alignment
1993  24 972 011 0.18 0.23 0.41 0.88 1.17 0.30 14% No mark
1994  29 975 818 0.15 0.20 0.23 0.59 1.17 7.06 10% bee mark
1994  10 000 000 0.23 0.23 0.23 0.84 1.01 14% dolphin mark
1995  29 980 013 0.25 0.39 0.35 0.35 0.47 11 17% bee mark
1996  55 982 513 0.23 0.35 0.23 0.35 1.17 0.59 20% bee mark
1997  99 991 013 0.10 0.19 0.23 0.23 0.29 0.23 2.35 24% bee mark
1998  25 000 16 0.9% bee mark, In Sets only
1999  25 500 18 1.1% bee mark, In Sets only
2000  75 100 513 0.12 0.23 0.23 0.25 0.59 3.51 20% bee mark
2001  125 000 11 2% horseshoe mark

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