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 Posted 04/18/2019  3:40 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1811 Gold 40 Francs, minted in Paris ('A' mintmark), showing Napoleon Bonaparte who was crowned Emperor of France in Notre-Dame Cathedral on December 2, 1804. Well, being a modest sort of chap, he actually placed the crown on his own head, although Pope Pius VII was in attendance!
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 Posted 04/18/2019  3:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Enjoy seeing all the wonderful French coins!
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 Posted 04/18/2019  11:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Digging around in the archives I found another one....



This 2 franc minted in Paris is more significant than it is attractive. It was issued during Napoleon's 100 Days, which ended at Waterloo. The British did a better job of exiling him afterwards.

Napoleon inadvertantly did the US a couple big favors.The Louisiana Purchase, and being a major distraction for the British during the War of 1812. Napoleon escaped from Elba only a month after the battle of New Orleans, ending any further British exploits in the US.
"Two minutes ago I would have sold my chances for a tired dime." Fred Astaire
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 Posted 04/19/2019  06:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pepactonius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
- From Paris -

Kingdom of France -- 1/4 ecu, 1591:

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A coin that came home with me from my first trip to Paris (1980). Have always liked the "semeuse" (seed sower)design.


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 Posted 04/19/2019  09:33 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A couple of coins from 1961. The first is a chrome-steel 5 centimes. This coin had a very short life in circulation as it was replaced by a smaller aluminium-bronze one in 1966:


.. and the Sower again on the obverse of a silver 5-franc coin. I brought this one back from holiday in France in 1971, when the silver 5 franc coin was already being replaced by the nickel-clad cupro-nickel version:


Here's a 1972 base metal 5-franc coin - this was demonetised in 2002 when France adopted the Euro. It's the same size as the silver 5F, but lighter (10g instead of 12g), and, apart from the obvious difference in the size of the obverse lettering, has another major difference - the edge is milled whereas the silver coins had 'LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE' in raised letters around the edge.

Many French shops, train stations and banks would keep coins in grey plastic racks with the edges clearly visible, and, as a teenager in the late 1970s, I would look in the coin racks to see if I could spot any silver coins. Then I would be cheeky and ask for them!
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Nice story!

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1578 France.
1/8 Ecu.
Henry III



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A very nice specimen, Dorado!

One of my favorite French designs - the Dupuis bronze 10 centimes introduced in 1898:

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A very nice specimen, Dorado!

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Francis I was a contemporary of Henry VIII of England
Teston of Dauphiné (nd, circa 1528)


Portrait by Jean Clouet, c. 1530
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Francis I was a contemporary of Henry VIII of England
Teston of Dauphiné (nd, circa 1528)
Very nice!
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 Posted 04/19/2019  11:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@NumisRob, indeed that is a great Art Nouveau design.

@t360, nice Francois Teston ... same hairdo as Duke Antoine in your avatar .

This one from a bit later ... Henry III Teston, Paris mint 1575 (the "A" for Paris is at 6:00 obv). For a brief time (1573-75), Henry was concurrently King of France and King of the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth. Rumor (and television miniseries) holds that he may heave also been a suitor of Queen ELizabeth.

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