1 Franc aluminium, light type

1 Franc (aluminium, light type) - obverse1 Franc (aluminium, light type) - reverse

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Features

Issuer France
Period Fourth Republic (1946-1958)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1941-1959
Value 1 Franc
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Aluminium
Weight 1.3 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 1.41 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 14 February 2002
Number
N#
708
References F# 221,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-Légers, Paris, France.
Gad# 473,
Francesco Pastrone; 2021. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2021 (25th edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.
KM# 885a.1-3,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 200a
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

Wreathed female head facing left, lettering around edge both sides, engraver's name behind head

Script: Latin

Lettering:
REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
MORLON

Translation:
Republic of France
Morlon

Engraver: Pierre-Alexandre Morlon

Reverse

A cornucopia on each side, lettering at the top, the value in middle with the date below and the privy mark to the right of the date in between the gap between the two cornucopias

Script: Latin

Lettering:
LIBERTE-EGALITE
FRATERNITE
1
FRANC
1947

Translation:
Liberty Equality
Fraternity
1
Franc
1947

Engraver: Pierre-Alexandre Morlon

Edge

Smooth
The image shows both heavy KM#885a (bottom) and light KM#885a.1-3 (top) type

1 Franc (aluminium, light type) -  obverse

Mints

Mintmark of Monnaie de Paris Monnaie de Paris, Paris (and Pessac starting 1973), France (864-date)
B Beaumont-le-Roger, France
C Castelsarrasin, France (?-1946)

Marks

Wing Lucien Bazor, General coin engraver, Monnaie de Paris (1931-1958)
Owl Raymond Joly, General coin engraver, Monnaie de Paris (1958-1974)

Comments

The strikes begin very soon after the liberation of Paris, with the available material. Thus the strikes dated 1941 and which weigh 1.30g are productions of September 1944 which one can easily distinguish from the original strikes because the sides are thinnerAutomatically translated

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1941  Wing $ 0.16 $ 0.16 $ 0.27 $ 0.87 $ 0.97 $ 7.30 27% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark, about 43,000,000 strikes
1941  0.3% Trial Strike
1944  Wing $ 0.11 $ 0.16 $ 0.27 $ 0.53 $ 1.10 $ 1.30 $ 4.90 24% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark, mintage included with 1941
1944 C Wing $ 0.99 $ 0.99 $ 2.10 $ 3.20 11% KM#885a.3, mintage included with 1941
1945  Wing 61 780 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.11 $ 0.13 $ 0.37 $ 0.95 $ 1.20 $ 2.30 38% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark
1945  100 0.18% Trial Strike
1945 B Wing 4 250 866 $ 1.10 $ 1.10 $ 2.50 $ 2.50 $ 11 12% KM#885a.2
1945 C Wing 5 219 806 $ 0.13 $ 1.30 $ 2.70 $ 5.20 14% KM#885a.3
1946  Wing 62 385 157 $ 0.11 $ 0.11 $ 0.25 $ 0.53 $ 0.53 31% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark
1946 B Wing 26 493 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.13 $ 0.53 $ 0.66 $ 2.90 21% KM#885a.2
1947  Wing 110 448 000 $ 0.10 $ 0.11 $ 0.16 $ 0.42 $ 0.48 $ 1.70 $ 2.00 43% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark
1947 B Wing Photo 51 562 000 $ 0.06 $ 0.16 $ 0.21 $ 1.00 $ 2.90 22% KM#885a.2
1948  Wing 96 092 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.16 $ 0.23 $ 0.31 $ 0.55 $ 2.00 $ 2.00 42% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark
1948 B Wing 45 481 000 $ 0.06 $ 0.11 $ 0.21 $ 0.57 $ 0.81 $ 2.20 $ 3.70 26% KM#885a.2
1949  Wing 41 090 000 $ 0.12 $ 0.12 $ 0.27 $ 0.48 $ 0.48 $ 0.95 $ 2.00 29% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark
1949 B Wing 35 840 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.14 $ 0.32 $ 0.53 $ 1.00 $ 4.50 $ 5.30 23% KM#885a.2
1950  Wing 27 882 286 $ 0.11 $ 0.16 $ 0.27 $ 0.53 $ 0.55 $ 0.79 $ 3.90 23% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark
1950 B Wing 18 800 000 $ 0.32 $ 0.95 $ 2.10 $ 3.30 14% KM#885a.2
1957  Wing 16 497 000 $ 0.07 $ 0.21 $ 0.32 $ 0.53 $ 0.80 $ 2.90 $ 3.00 22% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark
1957 B Wing Photo 63 976 000 $ 0.07 $ 0.21 $ 0.21 $ 0.37 $ 1.10 $ 2.40 $ 4.20 34% KM#885a.2
1958  Wing 21 197 000 $ 0.15 $ 0.18 $ 0.18 $ 0.53 $ 0.92 $ 0.92 $ 2.90 24% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; wing mark
1958 B Wing 13 412 000 $ 0.20 $ 0.20 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 2.30 $ 7.30 12% KM#885a.2
1959  Owl 41 985 000 $ 0.10 $ 0.30 $ 0.30 $ 0.42 $ 1.10 $ 1.90 $ 1.90 31% KM#885a.1; cornucopia; owl mark, struck under the fifth Republic

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Sold price
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (aluminium, light type)
CGB
E-auction n°450
Lot 362515
Internet Archive
Nov 29, 2021 1947 B Wing – KM#885a.2 XF
(SUP55)
USD 12.73
(EUR 12.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (aluminium, light type)
CGB
E-auction n°407
Lot 319555
Internet Archive
Feb 1, 2021 1957 B Wing – KM#885a.2 XF
(SUP60)
USD 3.18
(EUR 3.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (aluminium, light type)
Katz
Auction 106
Lot 1867
Internet Archive
Dec 27, 2023 Undetermined UNC Unsold
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Franc (aluminium, light type)
Katz
Auction 79
Lot 370
Internet Archive
Mar 21, 2023 Undetermined UNC Unsold
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