From the late 1800’s until about 1920 the French issued a beautiful set of coins 1/2 Franc to
the 2 Francs. It had a woman sowing grain and we guess was based on the paintings of
Millet. We've managed to put together date sets of the three silver denominations, Half Franc,
One Franc and Two Francs. This set is dated 1919.
All sets contain matching dates and the coins are in Extremely Fine or better condition.
They are still toned, as we have not touched them. But I do believe these are some of the most
attractive coins that France has issued in modern times. Supplies are extremely limited and we think they are beautiful.
In 1870 France became the Republic that we know today. Napoleon III and the Second Empire was no more, France was a Republic.
They issued a silver crownsized 5 Francs with the Hercules group on one side and the denomination within a wreath on the other side.
The coins on offer were minted in 1873 at the Paris Mint and thus carry the ‘A’ mintmark. Usually, if you are lucky, you see these 5
Francs in Very Fine condition. The coins on offer are in Uncirculated condition with full lustre and of course the usual light bag marks
that you expect on coins of this size.
We were suprised to find this small group in such wonderful condition, after all they were issued just 3 years after the Republic was
formed. They are 146 years old and in Uncirculated condition, a British crown of the same vintage and quality would cost a
lot more money.
We have a wonderful collection of French coins issued just before they started to issue
Euro coins. There are nine different French coins in this collection, all in selected circulated
condition. There are two different 10 Franc coins including a bi-metallic one.
You get the 5, 10 and 20 Centimes plus the 1/2 Franc, 1, 2, 5 Francs plus two types of the
10 Francs. A total of nine different French coins, all used before the Euro existed and who
knows they might need them again…
Not easy to put nine different French coins together, but we have. You can own the entire
collection for a very reasonable price. If the Euro ceases to exist, they might use Francs again…