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50 Centimes

50 Centimes -  obverse 50 Centimes -  reverse

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Features

Country France - Modern
Period Third Republic (1870-1940)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1931-1947
Value 50 Centimes (0.50)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 2 g
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.23 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 09-01-1949
References KM# 894.1,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
KM# 894.2,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Gad# 423,
Monnaies francaises
by Francesco Pastrone
(Victor Gadoury)
F# 192
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

Pierre-Alexandre Morlon, born in Mâcon in 1878, and d died in 1951, was a French medallist and sculptor.

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

Pierre-Alexandre Morlon, born in Mâcon in 1878, and d died in 1951, was a French medallist and sculptor.

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): <WEBSITE IS MISSING>
DETAIL (1932): <WEBSITE IS MISSING>

1932 date varieties

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1931  KM#894.1 - thin flan
1931  0.17 0.95 0.39 KM#894.1 - with grapes and fruits (type A)
1931  11.00 0.99 12.13 KM#894.1 - with grapes, without fruits (type B)
1931  62,775,175 0.08 0.12 0.55 11.03 KM#894.1 - without grapes, without fruits (type C)
1931 ESSAI (fr) F. 192/2 - avec raisin et avec fruit
1931 ESSAI KM#894.1 - Essai
1932  0.44 0.55 16.54 KM#894.1 - "9" and "2" closed without grapes (type C)
1932  108,839,108 0.07 0.08 0.22 0.55 0.55 KM#894.1 - "9" and "2" open with grapes (type A)
1932  3.31 30.88 KM#894.1 - "9" and "2" open without grapes (type B)
1932 ESSAI KM#894.1 - Essai
1933  1.10 30.33 KM#894.1 - "9" closed
1933  41,937,281 0.10 0.25 1.10 0.73 KM#894.1 - "9" open
1936  16,602,087 0.49 1.10 15.44 71.68 KM#894.1
1937  43,950,032 0.22 0.52 0.83 1.49 KM#894.1
1938  55,706,659 0.08 0.46 0.55 0.83 7.72 KM#894.1
1939  96,594,500 0.09 0.22 0.41 1.07 23.71 41.65 KM#894.1
1939 B 2.12 7.72 22.06 KM#894.2 - with Bruxelles mintmark
1939 ESSAI KM#894.1 - Essai
1940  10,384,397 0.36 1.65 11.03 KM#894.1
1941  82,957,663 0.07 0.30 0.24 1.00 22.06 KM#894.1
1947  2,170,000 33.64 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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