(En) (Pl)

100 francs FRANCE (1954-1958)

100 francs 1954-1958 - coins of France
100 francs 1954-1958 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
26.0 mm 6.0 g 1.9 mm Cu75Ni25
in the coin centre personification of France - Marianne's head in a Phrygian cap with a flaming torch facing right; along the right edge in two lines: REPUBLIQUE / FRANÇAISE (French Republic)
on the left side in two lines face value: 100 / FRANCS, below year of issue; on the right along the coin edge olive branches and cereal ears; along the top edge in two lines motto of France: LIBERTE • EGALITE / • FRATERNITE • (liberty, equality, fraternity)
issue date:
14 X 1953
withdrawal date:
26 XII 1966
Robert Cochet (initials RC behind Marianne's head in the obverse and signature R.COCHET along the bottom edge of the reverse)
Paris Mint mark La Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint) (mint mark before year of issue in the reverse, below the year of issue privy mark of mint's director Lucien Bazor - wing - in years 1954-1958 or Raymond Joly - owl - after year of issue 1958)

plant Paris (no letter among olive leaves in the reverse),

plant Beaumont-le-Roger (letter B among olive leaves in the reverse)

mint marks
Paris Beaumont-le-Roger
1954 97 285 500 86 260 628 wing
1955 152 517 500 136 584 872 wing
1956 7 578 334 19 154 500 wing
1957 11 312 000 25 702 000 wing
1958 3 256 000 54 071 500 wing or owl
1954-1958 - no letter (plant Paris) or letter B (plant Beaumont-le-Roger)

1955B - wide ribbon at Marianne's cap in the obverse or narrow ribbon

1958 - coins with the privy mark of Lucien Bazor's wing or with the Raymond Joly's owl
mint marks:
Privy marks of the general engravers of the Mint of Paris, which can be found on French coins produced after 1944:
Lucien Bazor 1931-1958 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint wing
Raymond Joly 1958-1974 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint owl
Emile Rousseau 1974-1994 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint dolphin
Pierre Rodier 1994-2000 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint bee
Gérard Buquoy 2001-2002 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint horseshoe
Serge Levet 2003 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint heart
Hubert Larivière 2004-2010 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint horn
Yves Sampo from 2011 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint rosette
interesting facts:
Marianne - the allegory of Liberty - the symbol of the culture and the national emblem of France. Her images adorn not only coins, but also stamps, state seals, institutions logos, courts of law. Marianne is presented mostly in the Phrygian cap (cap of liberty). Many monuments and paintings were devoted to her. She is often armed leading the French people to fight for liberty, equality and fraternity. Marianne's image changed over the years. Anonymous Marianne was represented by faces of movie stars such as Brigitte Bardot or Catherine Deneuve. Below the official logo of France and the French government.

Marianne - the symbol of France

The Paris Mint (La Monnaie de Paris) dating back to the 6th century is the oldest French institution, and some would say - oldest institution in the world. The mint office is located in the center of Paris in a complex called Hotel des Monnaies, which was opened on December 20, 1775. A cornucopia is the symbol placed on any coin minted by the Paris Mint from January 1, 1880. The second character visible on coins was a symbol of the general engraver (Graveur general). The tradition of this job dates back to 1547 when Henry II of Valois appointed a general engraver as the only person authorized to create the king's portrait. Only the design prepared by the general engraver could have been copied to the coins stamps in national mints. Starting from 2001, the heads of engravers workshop in the Paris Mint do not hold this traditional title anymore, but their privy marks still appear on French coins next to the mint mark.

The name of the French mint - La Monnaie de Paris - suggests that the plant producing coins is located in the French capital. This is however, only the company name and factories were placed in various French cities. At the moment, the only place producing coins of France (and of some other countries) is Pessac near Bordeaux.
last update: 20 XI 2013

coins catalogue :: katalog monet :: münzkatalog :: catalogue de monnaies :: catálogo de monedas :: catalogo monete :: каталог монет :: κέρματα κατάλογος :: COINZ.eu

© 2010-2024 :: Adam Kubicki :: COINZ.eu :: All rights reserved.