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1987 Essai 100 Francs: Marquis DE LA Fayette

 
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 Posted 09/06/2020  11:07 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
NGC - Coin of the Day: On Sept 6, 1757, the Marquis de La Fayette (known to Americans as Lafayette) was born. The French aristocrat fought for America's freedom in the Revolutionary War. When he returned to France, he was a key figure in the French Revolution as well. He's on this 1987 Essai 100 Francs.



Country: France
Period: Fifth Republic (1958-date)
Type: Circulating commemorative coin
Year: 1987
Value: 100 Francs (100 FRF)
Currency: New franc (1960-2001)
Composition: 90% Silver
Weight: 15 grams
Diameter: 31 mm
Thickness: 2.20 mm
Orientation: Coin alignment

Obverse: Bust left. Lettering: GÉNÉRAL LA FAYETTE, D'AP B. DUVIVIER, RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE ·
Engraver: Pierre-Benjamin Duvivier
Reverse: Liberty cap over inscription above denomination, date below. Lettering: LIBERTÉ, ÉGALITÉ, FRATERNITÉ, 100F, 19 87 DURAND-MEGRET.
Engraver: Michel Durand-Megret
Edge: Smooth
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What is an "essai" coin? I see 100 francs in circulating, non-circulating, proof, and "essai" or "essay," often translated as "pattern," but I don't really know what the means in this case.

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OK, well, a little research led me to an answer, sort of. the "essai" coins say... "essai" to the right of the bust.

But still, one assumes it's more than an "artificial" rarity, no? I mean, is it like and FDC or something?
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An essai coin is a pattern coin or test coin, made either in the same material as the intended circulating coin, or in a different material. This particular essai is made in 900/1000 silver just like the later issued circulating coin. The essai had a mintage of 1,850, the circulating coin (which looks exactly the same apart from the word ESSAI) a mintage of about 4,800,000.
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Thank you: I'm addicted to these things (1986-89)
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