20 Centimes Vichy French State, Zinc, "20", heavy type

Features

Issuer France
Period French State (1940-1944)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1941-1943
Value 20 Centimes (0.20)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Zinc
Weight 3.50 g
Diameter 24.50 mm
Thickness 1.50 mm
Shape Round with a round hole
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 04-01-1947
Number N# 706
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References F# 153,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.
Gad# 321,
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.
Schön# 211,
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
KM# 900
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

Grain sprigs flank center hole

Lettering:
ETAT
FRANÇAIS
A. DE G.

Translation: French State

Engraver: Atelier de gravure

Reverse

Value above and below hole, date below.

Lettering:
20
CENTIMES
1941

Engraver: Atelier de gravure

Edge

Reeded

20 Centimes (Vichy French State, Zinc, "20", heavy type) -  obverse

© DB-Monnaie - pimousse124.free.fr

Comments

This coin comes in two varieties:
- KM#900.1 heavy (3.5 grams) - thick flan
- KM#900.2 light (3 grams) - thin flan

The change in weight happens by the application of a decree of 26 July 1943. The 2 varieties exist only for the year 1943 (from the french book "the Franc IX"). The World Coins is wrong when mentioning the 2 varieties for 1941 and 1942.
Some Numista members found coins of weighing 3 to 3.5 grams for coins from 1941 they have to be considered as heavy even if their weight is not clearly heavy.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1941  1.1% Essai
1941  $ 0.23 $ 0.58 $ 1.74 $ 2.61 $ 139 55% KM#900.1 (thick flan) Edge reeded with fine reeds
1941  4% KM#900.1 (thick flan) Edge reeded with large reeds
1942  112 868 000 $ 0.10 $ 0.16 $ 0.58 $ 1.16 $ 2.12 $ 6.97 67% KM#900.1 (thick flan)
1943  64 088 000 $ 0.17 $ 0.93 $ 1.63 $ 3.04 52% KM#900.1 (thick flan)

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as an indication only; they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging. Numista does not buy or sell coins or banknotes.

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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