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1 centime FRANCE (1962-2001)

1 centime 1962-2001 - coins of France
1 centime 1962-2001 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
15.0 mm 1.65 g 1.55 mm steel
obverse:
in the coin centre ear of cereal with leaves; along the top edge: RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE (French Republic)
reverse:
in the coin centre large face value: 1; along the bottom edge: CENTIME; along the top edge year of issue
edge:
plain
issue date:
27 VII 1961
withdrawal date:
18 II 2002
designer:
Atelier de gravure (group of designers of the Paris Mint) (group's symbol - rosette - below the right ear's leaf in the obverse)
mint:
Paris Mint mark La Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint), Paris (until 1972) or Pessac (from 1973) (mint mark on the left side of the face value in the reverse, on the right side of the face value privy mark of mint's director Raymond Joly - owl - in years 1962-1974, Emile Rousseau - dolphin - in years 1975-1993, Pierre Rodier - bee - in years 1994-2000 or Gérard Buquoy - horseshoe - in 2001)
mintage:
1962 34 200 000 owl
1963 16 811 000 owl
1964 22 654 000 owl + 25 600 in annual boxed sets
1965 47 799 000 owl + 35 000 in annual boxed sets
1966 19 688 088 owl + 7 171 in annual boxed sets
1967 52 307 912 owl + 2 305 in annual boxed sets
1968 40 890 000 owl + 3 000 in annual boxed sets
1969 35 430 000 owl + 6 050 in annual boxed sets
1970 29 600 000 owl + 10 000 in annual boxed sets
1971 3 070 000 owl + 12 000 in annual boxed sets
1972 1 000 000 owl + 15 000 in annual boxed sets
1973 1 727 000 owl + 79 000 in annual boxed sets
1974 7 850 011 owl + 98 800 in annual boxed sets
1975 720 011 dolphin + 52 000 in annual boxed sets
1976 4 448 211 dolphin + 37 500 in annual boxed sets
1977 6 400 011 dolphin + 25 000 in annual boxed sets
1978 1 318 011 dolphin + 24 000 in annual boxed sets
1979 2 172 011 dolphin + 40 500 in annual boxed sets
1980 - dolphin + 60 000 in annual boxed sets
1981 24 011 dolphin + 26 000 in annual boxed sets
1982 41 411 dolphin + 27 500 in annual boxed sets
1983 84 411 dolphin + 16 561 in annual boxed sets
1984 37 011 dolphin + 13 836 in annual boxed sets
1985 8 011 dolphin + 12 500 in annual boxed sets
1986 - dolphin + 15 000 in annual boxed sets
1987 81 011 dolphin + 11 956 in annual boxed sets
1988 85 011 dolphin + 10 565 in annual boxed sets
1989 83 011 dolphin + 11 438 in annual boxed sets
1990 5 011 dolphin + 10 000 in annual boxed sets
1991 2 511 dolphin + 2 500 in annual boxed sets
1992 65 010 dolphin + 2 698 in annual boxed sets
1993 21 307 dolphin + 3 095 in annual boxed sets
1994 - bee + 3 707 in annual boxed sets
1995 15 011 bee + 4 000 in annual boxed sets
1996 12 013 bee + 5 000 in annual boxed sets
1997 - bee + 15 000 in annual boxed sets
1998 - bee + 25 000 in annual boxed sets
1999 - bee + 25 000 in annual boxed sets
2000 - bee + 50 000 in annual boxed sets
2001 - horseshoe + 125 000 in annual boxed sets
varieties:
1969 - second digit 9 in year of issue small or digit 9 large;

In years 1991, 1992 and 1993 there exist coins with reverses not rotated by 180° in respect to obverses (medal alignment in American terminology), 2500, 2698 and 3095 pieces were produced in respective years and placed in annual boxed sets
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:
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

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