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50 Centimes

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Features

Country France
Type Common coin
Years 1931-1947
Value 50 Centimes (0.50)
Metal Aluminium-bronze
Weight 2 g
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.23 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 01-09-1949
References KM# 894.1, KM# 894.2, Gad# 423, F# 192
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)

Obverse

Marianne's head left wearing a phrygian cap decorated with a composite wreath made of olive tree leaves, oak and wheat.

Lettering:
REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
MORLON

Translation: FRENCH REPUBLIC

Engraver: Pierre-Alexandre Morlon

Reverse

Value encompassed on either side by Cornucopia (or horn of plenty, overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts).

Lettering:
LIBERTE·EGALITE
FRATERNITE
50
CENTIMES
1932

Translation:
FREEDOM·EQUALITY
BROTHERHOOD

Engraver: Pierre-Alexandre Morlon

Edge

Smooth

Comments

Large amount of varieties exist.
With or without parts of grapes and fruits in cornucopias. Misprints with different die details like rim size also exist.
DETAIL (1931): http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/FICHES/France/FRANCE%2050%20Centimes%201931%20KM%20894.1%20.pdf
DETAIL (1932): http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/FICHES/France/FRANCE%2050%20Centimes%201932%20KM%20894%20.1.pdf

1932 date varieties

Ole

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1931  KM#894.1 - Essai
1931  KM#894.1 - thin flan
1931  62,775,000 0.52 1.17 KM#894.1 - with grapes and fruits (type A)
1931  1.00 KM#894.1 - with grapes, without fruits (type B)
1931  0.41 KM#894.1 - without grapes, without fruits (type C)
1932  0.85 KM#894.1 - "9" and "2" closed without grapes (type C)
1932  108,839,000 0.46 0.65 KM#894.1 - "9" and "2" open with grapes (type A)
1932  KM#894.1 - "9" and "2" open without grapes (type B)
1932  KM#894.1 - Essai
1933  KM#894.1 - "9" closed
1933  41,937,000 1.17 0.67 KM#894.1 - "9" open
1936  16,602,000 2.04 KM#894.1
1937  43,950,000 0.75 0.51 KM#894.1
1938  55,707,000 0.58 0.87 KM#894.1
1939  96,594,000 0.41 1.05 KM#894.1
1939  KM#894.1 - Essai
1939 B KM#894.2 - with Bruxelles mintmark
1940  10,854,000 1.17 KM#894.1
1941  82,958,000 0.23 0.93 KM#894.1
1947  2,170,000 KM#894.1 - struck for colonial use in Africa

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 a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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