Happy Bastille Day
To celebrate the French National Day I will showcase the classic franc. This franc lasted 42 years in this form and was very popular before the euro came upon the scene. Although many countries issued "francs" people still associate the word with France, for obvious reasons.
|REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE O. Roty|
|LIBERTE·EGALITE·FRATERNITE 1 FRANC 1991|
The lady on the front of the coin is the classic seed sower. She is dropping seeds at day break. Oscar Roty (O.Roty) was the original designer of the Sower back in the 1800s and that became an iconic symbol of France which is why it was selected for coins.
The back has a laurel branch which is symbolic of triumph and classic Greek stuff. To the right of 1991 is the cornucopia privy mark of the director of the mint. To the left of 1991 is dolphin privy mark of the engraver general, Rousseau.
To be clear mint marks are for locations and privy marks represent people.
Varieties exist that have normal coin alignment and abnormal medal alignment. Coin alignment means when the front of the coin is facing up and you turn it around left or right the back is upside down. Medal alignment would have both sides readable (facing up) when turn the coin left or right. I think medal alignment is slightly more scarce but not any real extra value, but I am not sure.
Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Franc / France
Year: 1991 (Coin Alignment)
Metal: 100% Nickel
Value: $0.10 in Very-Fine
Sidenote: Nightline repeated their slightly skewed story about penny hoarding.
Do you have a Franc and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.