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1 Franc - Charlotte Essai

1 Franc - Charlotte (Essai) -  obverse1 Franc - Charlotte (Essai) -  reverse

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Features

Country Luxembourg
Type Pattern
Year 1946
Value 1 Franc (1 LUF)
Currency Franc (1854-2001)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 6.5 g
Diameter 23.27 mm
Thickness 2.07 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 01-01-1953
References L# 382A,
Prifix : catalogue illustré des monnaies luxembourgeoises
by Romain Probst
(La banque du timbre)
KM# E47
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

A puddler (Feierstëppler) at work, in the background the blast furnaces, above the name of the country in Luxembourg, mint year at the bottom, initials of the engraver at 8 o'clock, the word ESSAI at 2 o'clock.

Lettering:
LETZEBURG
ESSAI
1946
A.B.

Engraver: Armand Bonnetain

Reverse

Crowned monogram of Charlotte (1896-1985), Grand Duchess of Luxembourg from 1919 to 1964, with both sides of the face value. Below two branches of rosebush and the initials of the engraver.

Lettering:
Ch 1F
A.B.

Engraver: Armand Bonnetain

Edge

Smooth

Comments

This piece is identifiable with the word ESSAI to the right of the head of the "Féierstëppler"



Several different metals, engravings and flanks were used to strike this trial strike:

  • Gold -  reeded edge - L#382A-1



  • Silver - reeded edge - ESSAI on the obverse - 5.95 g. - 500 pcs. - L#382A-2 / KM#E48



  • Silver - plain edge - ESSAI on the obverse - 6.5 g. -  L#382A-2var / KM#-



  • Silver - plain edge - Essai au revers - 5,9 g. - L#382A-2A / KM#E47

  • Argent - plain edge - ESSAI on reverse - 6.5 g. - L#382A-3 / KM#E47



  • Bronze - Plain edge - 5.51-5.7 g. - 500 pcs. - L#382A-4 / KM#E45

  • Bronze - reeded edge - 5.58 g. - 100 pcs. - L#382A-5 / KM#E46


  • Similor - 1947 - 5.8 g - L#382B-1


  • Silver - 1947 - 6.4 g. - L#382B-2



  • Bronze - 1947 - 5.7 g. - L#382B-3



  • Cupronickel - 1947 - reeded edge - L#382B-var


The trial strike shown on this sheet (Ag. - plain edge - ESSAI on right) is not listed in the Prifix, nor in the Standard Catalog of Worldcoins.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1946  (fr) Essai - Rare

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