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1 Franc

1 Franc -  obverse 1 Franc -  reverse

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Features

Country France
Type Common coin
Years 1959-2001
Value 1 Franc (1 FRF)
Metal Nickel
Weight 6 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 1.79 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 17-02-2002
References KM# 925.1, Gad# 474, F# 226, Schön# 233
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

Translation: Republic of France

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"

Lettering:
LIBERTE·EGALITE·FRATERNITE
1
FRANC
1999

Translation:
Liberty · Equality · Fraternity
1 Franc
1999

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

Comments

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

How to understand the difference between normal and larger "0" for 1960:

left "0" is normal and right "0" is larger

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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1959  4,000 Essai
1960  406,375,000 owl mark
1960  owl mark, larger "0"
1961  119,611,306 owl mark
1962  14,014,136 owl mark
1964  77,450,600 owl mark
1965  44,286,591 large owl mark (like earlier years)
1965  small owl mark (like later years)
1966  38,045,138 owl mark
1967  11,322,305 owl mark
1968  51,553,000 owl mark
1969  70,601,050 owl mark
1970  42,570,000 owl mark
1971  42,487,000 owl mark
1972  48,265,000 owl mark
1973  70,079,000 owl mark
1974  82,333,811 owl mark
1975  101,737,011 dolphin mark
1976  192,555,711 dolphin mark
1977  230,110,011 dolphin mark
1978  136,604,011 dolphin mark
1979  50,511 dolphin mark
1980  60,000 In Sets only, dolphin mark
1981  50,011 dolphin mark
1982  91,311 dolphin mark
1983  100,972 dolphin mark
1984  50,347 dolphin mark
1985  7,002,511 dolphin mark
1986  15,000 dolphin mark
1987  92,967 dolphin mark
1988  95,576 dolphin mark
1989  94,449 dolphin mark
1990  15,011 dolphin mark
1991  2,500 axis: medal alignment, dolphin mark
1991  54,988,011 dolphin mark
1991  Proof
1992  2,698 axis: medal alignment, dolphin mark
1992  29,968,011 dolphin mark
1992  Proof
1993  3,095 axis: medal alignment, dolphin mark
1993  20,011 dolphin mark
1993  Proof
1994  4,795,818 bee mark
1994  Proof
1995  19,011 dolphin mark
1995  Proof
1996  5,000 In Sets only, dolphin mark
1997  15,000 In Sets only, dolphin mark
1998  25,000 In Sets only, dolphin mark
1999  80,457,513 bee mark
1999  Proof
2000  100,500 In Sets only, horseshoe mark
2001  20,125,013 horseshoe mark

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